Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Pugmire http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=54 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:09:26 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Pugmire http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Supreme Court throws out Minnesota voter attire law The Minnesotans who challenged a state law restricting what people can wear when they vote are celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday that struck it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/14/supreme-court-strikes-down-minnesota-voter-clothing-law?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:13:47 -0500 The Pelikan brief: Endorsement triggers DFL avalanche When delegates to the DFL state convention endorsed a political newcomer Matt Pelikan for Minnesota attorney general last Saturday, few probably realized it would shake up the entire 2018 campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/07/the-pelikan-brief-endorsement-triggers-dfl-avalanche-minnesota-politics?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:26:18 -0500 Filing deadline drama: Ellison, Omar moves scramble Minnesota politics Attorney General Lori Swanson's leap into the governor's race Monday set off a chain reaction Tuesday of state and local politicians rushing to seek new offices before today's 5 p.m. filing deadline. Here's the latest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/05/minnesota-filing-deadline-politics?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:46:41 -0500 U.S. senators face far different campaign landscape in Minnesota In a rare year when both of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot, one incumbent faces a relatively unknown opponent while the other faces challengers inside her own DFL Party and an aggressive Republican challenger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/06/04/us-senators-face-far-different-campaign-landscape-in-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton signs bill stabilizing public employee pensions, calls it his last Minnesota's public employee pensions are on more solid financial ground after the enactment of legislation that took several years to complete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/31/dayton-signs-his-last-bill-stabilizing-public-employee-pensions?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2018 16:59:09 -0500 Dayton torpedoes GOP tax, budget bills; no special session "They had their chance," DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said after vetoing the main work this year of the Republican-led Legislature. Said GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt: "This session wasn't a failure. Our governor was a failure." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/23/dayton-veto-two-bills-passed-tax-conformity-budget?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2018 11:13:29 -0500 Spinning their wheels? House OKs transportation measure Republicans in the Minnesota House Thursday passed a proposed constitutional amendment on transportation funding that the governor has no power to stop. But with only three full days remaining in the session, the prospects for the measure in the Senate remain dim. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/17/spinning-their-wheels-house-oks-transportation-measure?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2018 16:15:00 -0500 Dayton says he will veto tax bill With a midnight Sunday deadline looming, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he plans to veto the tax legislation heading his way, and he still insists on getting some money for schools in a reworked version of the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/16/dayton-says-he-will-veto-tax-bill?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2018 15:43:37 -0500 Minnesota House approves tax bill that reduces rates A compromise between the House and Senate that promises to reduce tax rates for millions of Minnesotans does not yet have the backing of Gov. Mark Dayton. The DFL governor wants emergency aid for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/15/tax-bill-passes-house-work-still-ahead?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2018 19:27:38 -0500 Bill toughening protester penalties heads to Dayton A bill increasing fines and penalties for protesters who block freeways, transit lines and airports is headed for Gov. Mark Dayton's desk after clearing the Minnesota Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/14/bill-toughening-protester-penalties-heads-to-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2018 13:50:54 -0500 Transportation proposal divides unions, leaves DFLers in the middle The debate at the Minnesota Capitol over a proposed constitutional amendment on transportation funding has created an unusual divide within organized labor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/11/transportation-proposal-divides-unions-leaves-dflers-in-the-middle?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Transportation amendment hits pothole in state Senate A proposed constitutional amendment on transportation funding faces big problems in the Minnesota Senate, with just two weeks left in the 2018 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/08/transportation-amendment-hits-pothole-in-state-senate?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2018 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Senate passes tax bill, but it's not the last word The Minnesota Senate passed a major tax bill Thursday, just two days after making the proposal public. But a final agreement on taxes before the session ends May 21 is still not guaranteed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/03/minnesota-senate-passes-tax-bill-but-its-not-the-last-word?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2018 17:13:54 -0500 Bill on sexual harassment legal standard stalls in Senate Legislation to broaden the legal definition of sexual harassment has stalled in the Minnesota Senate with time running short in the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/05/02/legislation-on-sexual-harassment-legal-standards-stalls-in-senate?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2018 18:01:47 -0500 House passes tax plan; Senate on deck The state House passed a rewrite of the state tax code that supporters say will cut taxes for millions of Minnesotans. The Minnesota Senate is set to roll out its plan Tuesday, but each differs in several key ways from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's tax proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/30/house-passes-tax-plan-senate-up-next?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:24:49 -0500 Some Minnesotans will see taxes rise under House GOP plan The author of a House Republican proposal to simplify the state tax code and bring it closer in line to recent federal changes acknowledged some Minnesotans would see a tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/24/some-minnesotans-will-see-taxes-rise-under-house-gop-plan?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 MN Senate backs penalties for passing off untrained pets as service animals The legislation comes as airlines deal with rising numbers of people who want their animals with them in the airplane cabin. All 67 senators voted for the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/19/minnesota-senate-penalties-fake-service-animals-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:27:10 -0500 Lawmakers blast state officials over MNLARS report Minnesota lawmakers scolded a state agency leader Tuesday for keeping under wraps a report that detailed missteps with the troubled licensing system known as MNLARS. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/10/lawmakers-blast-state-officials-over-mnlars-report?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:16:45 -0500 Here's what's happening at the state Capitol this week This week's agenda includes a House committee hearing on issues related to the licensing system known as MNLARS. Lawmakers are also considering legislation to prevent elder abuse and school safety proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/09/whats-happening-at-state-capitol-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:41:33 -0500 Report: MNLARS chief knew of license system's woes, failed to fix them Paul Meekin knew about numerous defects in Minnesota's vehicle licensing system before launching it last summer, according to an investigator's report obtained by MPR News. The report describes a culture where "decisions could not be questioned." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/05/mnlars-licensing-report-meekins-failures-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:00:00 -0500 House and Senate pass competing versions of bills to fix MNLARS The Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation Monday to repair the state's troubled motor vehicle licensing and registration system, but because the bills need to be reconciled it will still take some time before more money can be spent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/19/senate-signs-off-on-mnlars-money?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:55:25 -0500 Dayton announces plan to improve elder care system DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is backing legislation that would make major changes to the state's oversight of senior care facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/13/dayton-lawmakers-propose-overhaul-of-senior-care-oversight?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:02:59 -0500 50 years ago: McCarthy stuns political world in NH presidential primary A 2006 Minnesota Public Radio News documentary offers insight into the Minnesota senator's personality as well as the disconnect between the 1968 presidential candidate and his supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/12/the_mccarthy_tapes?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Dayton backs $21M to boost school safety, student mental health "Our mission is to prevent every school shooting. To succeed, we must take action now," Gov. Dayton said. He unveiled his plan shortly before hundreds of Twin Cities students began a march to the Capitol to demand change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/07/dayton-readies-plan-fund-school-safety-improvements?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0600 Committee moves bill funding vehicle licensing system fix forward A Minnesota House committee advanced legislation Tuesday that provides $10 million for repairs to the state's troubled motor vehicle licensing system. But Democrats say it won't pass in time to keep the repairs on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/03/06/mnlars-funding-clears-hurdle-but-with-strings-attached?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 14:54:55 -0600 Lawmakers blow past Dayton deadline for more MNLARS funding The Dayton administration says it will send layoff notices to contractors working to fix the licensing and registration system after lawmakers failed to provide another $10 million for repairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/04/02/lawmakers-blow-past-dayton-deadline-for-more-mnlars-funding?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0600 No blank checks to fix MNLARS licensing, key Republican says The Dayton administration missed warning signs and launched the driver's license system before it was ready, said House Transportation Finance Committee Chair Paul Torkelson. He's asking why $43 million more is needed to fix the problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/27/mnlars-drivers-license-system-fix-cost-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:59:40 -0600 Hundreds rally at Capitol for tighter gun restrictions Hundreds of people concerned about gun violence gathered at the Minnesota Capitol Thursday to demand tougher gun control measures in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting that left 17 dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/22/hundreds-rally-at-capitol-for-tighter-gun-restrictions?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:08:00 -0600 Legislative session starts on sour note in Senate The 2018 legislative session got underway Tuesday with a DFL lawmaker publicly objecting to Republican Michelle Fischbach serving simultaneously as Senate president and lieutenant governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/20/session-starts-on-sour-note-in-senate?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:57:59 -0600 Penny-a-pill funding for opioid abuse now in question While House and Senate leaders agree on some of the goals, they differ on questions of funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/19/pennyapill-funding-for-opioid-abuse-now-in-question?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0600 Roads slick, and going to get slicker Light snow and freezing rain is affecting road conditions in much of the state, and there have been numerous reports of accidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/19/roads-slick-and-going-to-get-slicker?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:30:00 -0600 Minnesota Legislature returns with long agenda, short session Lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday looking for common ground on some key issues, including taxes and public construction projects. Gov. Mark Dayton expects to butt heads with Republicans. "We're going to clash." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/19/minnesota-legislature-returns-long-agenda-short-session?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0600 After court battle Dayton and GOP leaders say they will work together Both sides say they're ready to move past last year's bitter court fight over the governor's veto of money for the House and Senate when the new session begins next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/after-court-battle-dayton-gop-say-they-will-work-together?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:15:11 -0600 Special elections don't change power balance Two special elections Monday resulted in Democrats holding on to a Senate seat and Republicans keeping control of a House seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/13/special-elections-dont-change-power-balance?refid=0 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:42:19 -0600 Dispute over lieutenant governor job lands in court A Ramsey County Judge heard arguments Tuesday in the legal challenge of Republican Michelle Fischbach's attempt to serve as both lieutenant governor and state senator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/06/dispute-over-lieutenant-governor-job-lands-in-court?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:14:55 -0600 DFL candidates for governor differ on Vikings stadium, mining A day ahead of Minnesota's precinct caucuses, six Democrats running for governor went on the radio Monday and made competing pitches for why they are the candidate to support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/05/dfl-candidates-for-governor-differ-on-vikings-stadium-mining?refid=0 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:33:16 -0600 GOP candidates: Governor's race won't be a cakewalk for Pawlenty Three top Republican candidates for Minnesota governor said Friday they would welcome former Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the race, but they say they don't plan to make it easy for him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/02/02/gop-candidates-gov-race-wont-be-cakewalk-for-pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:59:14 -0600 State: $43 million needed to fix vehicle licensing system The computer system used for tab purchases, title transfers and other transactions has been troubled by glitches since its launch last summer and has already cost $93 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/31/state-43-million-needed-to-fix-vehicle-licensing-system?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:11:13 -0600 Republicans face off to replace Cornish in MN House There's a primary election Monday to choose the Republican who will run for Tony Cornish's old House seat, and Cornish is backing the challenger rather than the party's endorsed candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/26/republicans-face-off-in-battle-for-seat-cornish-left?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:37:57 -0600 Minnesota Senate power struggle raises stakes in special election Republicans and Democrats are hotly contesting an upcoming special election in the east metro to replace DFL state Sen. Dan Schoen, who resigned amid sexual misconduct accusations. It could help the GOP widen its slim margin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/25/minnesota-senate-race-schoen-seat-sex-harassment?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0600 Abortion opponents to push for ultrasound bill at Capitol Abortion opponents packed the state Capitol rotunda Monday to highlight legislation they want to see enacted this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/22/abortion-opponents-rally-at-minnesota-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:04:52 -0600 Minnesota doesn't make the cut for new Amazon HQ Minnesota didn't make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon's second headquarters, and the secretive nature of the state's proposal makes it hard to know why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/18/twin-cities-doesnt-make-the-cut-for-new-amazon-hq?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:10:00 -0600 Federal tax changes could have a big price tag in Minnesota Minnesota lawmakers will be under pressure this year to adjust state tax laws to reflect recent federal changes. If they don't, businesses and individuals will be in for significant tax increases rather than tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/10/federal-tax-changes-could-have-big-price-tag-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:48:33 -0600 State to appeal rapist's release from Minnesota Sex Offender Program A panel this week ordered the conditional release of a serial rapist from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/01/09/state-to-appeal-sex-offenders-release-from-program?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:00:21 -0600 Tax changes will leave Minnesota lawmakers with a big job With final congressional action underway on a massive overhaul of the federal tax code, Minnesota lawmakers are beginning to look at ways to make similar changes here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/19/tax-changes-will-leave-minnesota-lawmakers-with-a-big-job?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:01:08 -0600 Can she do that? New MN lieutenant gov. wants to keep Senate seat, too Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach is in line for the number two job behind DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. She says she can do both jobs. Dayton's office, though, says the state constitution doesn't allow it. See you in court? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/13/minn-lieutenant-governor-vacancy-constitutional-dustup?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:50:11 -0600 Smith to take Franken's Senate seat, run in 2018 Gov. Mark Dayton confirmed Wednesday that he's chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace resigning Sen. Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. Smith said she will run for the seat in next year's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/13/minnesota-tina-smith-replacing-franken-senate-run-2018?refid=0 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:55:35 -0600 As Dayton weighs Franken replacement, who may run in 2018? Gov. Mark Dayton expects to soon choose a replacement for resigning Sen. Al Franken. Speculation is churning about who he'll pick, and who will run for the seat next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/07/dayton-weighs-franken-replacement-senate?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:49:19 -0600 Latest budget forecast tips Minnesota into the red The numbers are grim news headed into Gov. Mark Dayton's last year in office after years of budget surpluses, and the outlook is clouded by pending tax changes coming out of Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/12/05/latest-budget-forecast-tips-minnesota-into-the-red?refid=0 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:29:33 -0600 MN high court backs Dayton veto power to defund Legislature The dispute started in May when Dayton vetoed the Legislature's $130 million operating budget while signing the rest of a new state budget. The court on Thursday, however, declined to rule if Dayton acted in a coercive way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/16/high-court-to-rule-dayton-fight-with-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:47:56 -0600 Dayton apologizes for ongoing licensing problems The governor's apology came as lawmakers grilled state officials about why there are still problems with the new system to renew license plates, tabs, titles and registrations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/15/dayton-apologizes-for-ongoing-licensing-problems?refid=0 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:47:13 -0600 House hires firm to investigate Cornish allegations NeuVest will investigate claims of sexual harassment against the Republican state representative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/14/house-hired-firm-to-investigate-cornish-allegations?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:28:26 -0600 Attorney notifies House, Cornish to preserve evidence amid harassment claims A lawyer representing a lobbyist who claims Rep. Tony Cornish made unwelcome sexual advances has told Cornish and the House not to delete documents or emails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/13/attorney-notifies-house-cornish-to-reserve-evidence-amid-harassment-claims?refid=0 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:18:05 -0600 Minnesota lawmaker: sexual harassment pervasive at Capitol DFL state Rep. Erin Maye Quade of Apple Valley, who on Wednesday leveled allegations against state Sen. Dan Schoen, said Thursday that there's a sexual harassment culture at the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/09/minnesota-rep-quade-capitol-sex-harrassment-pervasive?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:10 -0600 Mixed reaction in Minnesota to Republican tax overhaul plan Republican lawmakers and some business leaders welcome the Republican tax plan as long-overdue change. Others contend the package would disproportionately benefit the wealthy and take away important deductions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/03/gop-tax-overhaul-plan-minnesota-reaction-mixed?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota at risk for another measles outbreak, health official warns Vaccination rates remain extremely low in the Somali community, said Kris Ehresmann, infectious disease director at the state Department of Health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/01/minnesota-at-risk-for-another-measles-outbreak-health-official-warns?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:22:13 -0500 Dayton casts long shadow in race to replace him Republicans hoping to boost their chances of winning the Minnesota governor's race are warning that a DFL win in 2018 would amount to another four years of Gov. Mark Dayton. Democrats say they'd be different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/27/dayton-influence-minnesota-governor-race?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton pushes for cybersecurity upgrades, warns of hacker havoc DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he will press the Legislature again next year for money to protect the state's computer systems from intruders. GOP lawmakers are indicating they might be willing to listen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/24/dayton-renews-call-for-cybersecurity-money?refid=0 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:21:36 -0500 Minnesota joins lawsuit over Trump health payments Attorney General Lori Swanson says President Trump's decision to halt payments to health insurers violates federal law. It would also cut money for MinnesotaCare, the subsidized plan covering about 90,000 low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/13/minnesota-joins-lawsuit-over-trump-health-payments?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:08:50 -0500 Minnesota GOP governor hopefuls all back voter ID Minnesota voters rejected a requirement in 2012 that all voters show a photo ID at the polls. But the Republicans running for governor say that should not be the last word. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/09/voter-id-law-minnesota-gop-governor-candidates-back?refid=0 Mon, 09 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Newberger faces long odds against Klobuchar State Rep. Jim Newberger is the only Republican so far who is brave &mdash; or foolish &mdash; enough to take a run at denying Sen. Amy Klobuchar a third term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/25/newberger-faces-long-odds-against-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton, GOP fail to reach deal to fund Minnesota Legislature Two days of mediated, closed-door talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-led Legislature failed to produce a deal. Dayton said GOP leaders lied about the cash they had to keep the Capitol operating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/22/dayton-gop-no-mediation-deal-to-fund-mn-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:01:25 -0500 Lawmakers grill Public Safety staffers over license problems A legislative panel wanted answers Monday about the problems in a new computer system for vehicle licensing and registration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/09/12/lawmakers-grill-public-safety-staffers-over-license-problems?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0500 New Guard commander pledges support for transgender troops Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to head the Minnesota National Guard says military service should be open to everyone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/30/new-guard-commander-pledges-support-for-transgender-troops?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:22:19 -0500 What if Dayton wins? Tough choices would await lawmakers If DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wins his appeal over his veto of legislative funding, Republican leaders say it will tip the balance of power at the Capitol. It could also force them back to the bargaining table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/30/what-if-dayton-wins-tough-choices-would-await-lawmakers?refid=0 Wed, 30 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Court focuses on Dayton's veto power, whether court case was necessary The Minnesota Supreme Court had questions for both sides about whether Gov. Mark Dayton acted properly in cutting money for the House and Senate and whether the Legislature could have solved the problem without going to court. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/28/court-hears-arguments-in-daytons-use-of-line-item-vetoes?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:56:28 -0500 MN Supreme Court set to hear appeal on Dayton's vetoes Minnesota Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments Monday morning in the legal battle between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/27/mn-supreme-court-to-hear-appeal-of-dayton-vetoes?refid=0 Sun, 27 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 GOP gubernatorial candidates borrow Trump's campaign themes The Republican Party sees President Trump's success in Minnesota as a guide to regaining the governor's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/14/gop-gubernatorial-candidates-borrow-trumps-campaign-themes?refid=0 Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton kicks off weekend bash for State Capitol's grand reopening The Minnesota State Capitol is open again after four years of renovations, and Minnesotans are celebrating with a three-day party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/11/minnesota-state-capitol-grand-reopening?refid=0 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:12:31 -0500 Estate tax changes spur Dayton court challenge Gov. Mark Dayton hopes a state Supreme Court review of his veto power will open the door to renegotiating legislative changes to Minnesota's estate tax. GOP leaders say they're not interested in renegotiating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/07/21/minn-estate-tax-changes-spur-dayton-court-challenge?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers want more info on agencies, but they won't pay for it The Legislature is requiring state agencies to do dozens of studies without approving money to pay for most of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/22/lawmakers-want-more-info-on-agencies?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Tobacco tax cuts burn Gov. Dayton One of the reasons Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed funding for the House and Senate is that he wants lawmakers to undo tax breaks for premium cigars and other tobacco products. Key lawmakers and business owners say the tobacco tax adjustments were long overdue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/09/tobacco-tax-cuts-burn-dayton?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Defund the Legislature? 'See you in court,' Daudt tells Dayton GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt made it clear Friday that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's move to eliminate the Legislature's funding in retaliation over Republican maneuvering is headed for a legal fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/02/mn-legislature-funding-cuts-heading-court-daudt-dayton?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:55:46 -0500 Dayton's latest spat with Legislature likely headed to court Republican legislative leaders say DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of money for the violates the separation of powers contained in the federal and state constitutions. The Minnesota Supreme Court is likely to have the final say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/31/daytons-latest-spat-with-legislature-likely-headed-to-court?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2017 16:07:31 -0500 Dayton 'genuinely undecided' on GOP budget bills DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll decide on Tuesday whether to sign the bills that spell out a new $46 billion state budget. A veto of just one budget bill would trigger another special session or partial shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/26/dayton-genuinely-undecided-on-gop-budget-bills-?refid=0 Fri, 26 May 2017 16:09:41 -0500 Senator wants to push female genital mutilation bill to next session Republican Senator Karin Housley of St. Mary's Point said she's heard a lot of concerns about the bill, which creates a new felony and allows for parents to lose custody of a child. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/20/senator-wants-to-push-female-genital-mutilation-bill-to-next-session?refid=0 Sat, 20 May 2017 11:42:52 -0500 Tax relief questions stand in the way of Minnesota budget deal With two weeks left in the 2017 legislative session, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders disagree on a host of issues. But the size of taxes cuts remains the biggest hurdle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/08/tax-relief-stands-in-way-of-deal-at-minnesota-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2017 17:45:00 -0500 Parents who allow female genital mutilation would be prosecuted under House plan State lawmakers are moving quickly in the remaining weeks of the legislative session to make it a crime for parents who allow the genital mutilation of their female children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/03/parent-prosecution-female-genital-mutilation-bill?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2017 15:28:46 -0500 Secretary of state's office targeted for budget cuts The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is among many targets for budget cuts by the GOP-controlled Legislature. And a former occupant of the office is one of those calling for it to do with less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/05/01/secretary-of-states-office-targeted-for-budget-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2017 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton lays out veto threats Republican lawmakers say instead of listing his unacceptable items that would lead to a veto, Gov. Mark Dayton should be more involved in negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/26/dayton-lays-out-veto-threats-?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:04:37 -0500 Dayton ready to give up on gas tax hike? Roads chief says hang on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the state's transportation commissioner are sending conflicting signals on whether Dayton has given up his push for a higher gas tax and whether he will accept a Republican transportation plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/19/minnesota-gas-tax-hike-seems-unlikely-dayton-interview?refid=0 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:39:27 -0500 Lawmakers have 5 weeks to reach budget deal with Dayton House and Senate Republicans have big differences to resolve with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on how much to spend and how much to give back in tax cuts over the next two years. And now they're even disagreeing on how they should negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/18/lawmakers-have-5-weeks-to-reach-budget-deal-with-dayton?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:05:07 -0500 Real ID tops the agenda when Minnesota Legislature returns At stake is whether Minnesotans will be able to board domestic flights next year using their driver's licenses as ID. The Legislature needs to act soon, said DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/real-id-bills-top-agenda-minnesota-legislature-returns?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:20:49 -0500 After break, tough budget negotiations set to begin at Capitol Lawmakers have a $1.65 billion surplus to work with, but that doesn't mean a compromise will come easy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/04/10/after-break-tough-budget-negotiations-set-to-begin-at-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:04:00 -0500 Dayton pushes Republicans unwilling to expand pre-K program After Republicans snubbed the request in recent budget proposals, Gov. Mark Dayton says a $175 million expansion of voluntary pre-K remains one of his budget priorities this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/28/dayton-pushes-republicans-unwilling-to-expand-prek-program?refid=0 Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:24:03 -0500 House GOP tax cut plan a big break for Social Security earners With the latest economic forecast projecting a budget surplus of $1.65 billion, Republican House tax chair Greg Davids of Preston said it's time to provide Minnesotans some long overdue tax relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/22/republican-tax-cut-plan-social-security?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:01:29 -0500 Senate Republicans propose $900M tax cut Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are proposing $900 million in tax cuts that they say will help boost the state's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/16/senate-republicans-propose-900m-tax-cut?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:54:50 -0500 Senate passes plan to aid health insurers The Minnesota Senate approved a Republican-backed plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market through a new state subsidy known as reinsurance. But there's no guarantee it will lower costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/16/senate-passes-plan-aid-health-insurers?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:14:58 -0500 Senate rejects Real ID bill that would have started implementation Minnesota's effort to comply with the federal Real ID law suffered another setback Monday when the state Senate rejected legislation that would start the already overdue implementation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/06/senate-rejects-real-id-bill?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:51:32 -0600 After rough election, state Democrats vote on leaders Members of the Minnesota DFL Party will decide this weekend whether to stick with their current leader or choose a new direction after losses in last fall's election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/03/state-dfl-leadership-election-preview?refid=0 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Sunday liquor sales bill gets final OK; Dayton to sign The Minnesota House on Thursday sent a final bill to Gov. Mark Dayton to end the state's longtime ban on Sunday liquor sales. The change could start in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/02/sunday-liquor-sales-minnesota-ok-dayton-to-sign?refid=0 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:02:26 -0600 Real ID bill hung up again over immigrant drivers' licenses Minnesota is one of the few remaining states that has not upgraded its drivers' licenses to conform to stricter federal standards. People could have trouble boarding flights at airports and getting into federal buildings as of next January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/03/01/real-id-bill-hung-up-again-over-immigrant-drivers-licenses?refid=0 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:59:17 -0600 Minnesota GOP lawmakers poised to tap surplus for tax cuts State officials release their revised economic forecast and budget surplus estimate on Tuesday. Republican legislative leaders say whatever the surplus is now, they plan to pass significant tax cuts this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/28/new-surplus-data-republicans-push-tax-cuts-minnesota-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Senate OKs Sunday liquor sales bill; Dayton expected to sign It's not headed to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk yet. The Senate bill restricts Sunday liquor sales to a narrower time window than House legislation. The House could agree to a shorter opening period this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/27/senate-vote-sunday-liquor-sales?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:47:06 -0600 House moves to make Minnesota licenses comply with federal standards The Minnesota House has passed legislation Thursday to move the state toward compliance with the federal Real ID law. A disagreement over unauthorized immigrants getting drivers' licenses prevented resolution last year, and the issue is still causing concern about the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/23/house-moves-minnesota-licenses-comply-with-real-id-standards?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:45:00 -0600 Republicans want jail time for protesters who block highways Minnesota House and Senate committees advanced bills Wednesday that would make obstructing highway traffic, airport access or public transit a gross misdemeanor requiring jail time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/22/republicans-want-jail-time-for-protesters-who-block-highways?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:01:10 -0600 House passes Sunday liquor sales bill; now a tougher battle looms in the Senate With relatively little debate, the House passed the Sunday sales legislation on a convincing 85 to 45 vote. It's a major shift for the perennial issue that had failed year after year at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/20/house-passes-sunday-liquor-sales-bill-now-a-tougher-battle-in-the-senate?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:01 -0600 GOP lawmakers eye state agency cuts to fund tax relief Republicans say it's about setting funding priorities for each department. Union leaders warn it would put thousands of Minnesotans needlessly out of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/02/14/minnesota-gop-eyes-state-agency-cuts-for-tax-relief?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:00:00 -0600 State computers are easy prey for hackers, officials warn DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is a proposing a $125 million technology upgrade for state government, including tighter cybersecurity protections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/31/state-computers-are-easy-prey-for-hackers-officials-warn?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:49:57 -0600 GOP lawmakers take aim at Dayton's budget plan Gov. Mark Dayton's nearly $45.8 billion budget builds on spending increases already in state law and uses almost all of the projected $1.4 billion surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/30/gop-lawmakers-take-aim-at-dayton-budget-plan?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:25:28 -0600 Lawmakers back aid for Minnesotans hurt by health coverage cost hikes The compromise bill takes $327 million from the budget reserve to give a 25 percent rebate to anyone who purchases coverage on the individual market for 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/minnesota-lawmakers-deal-to-ease-health-premium-increases?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:28:40 -0600 Dayton's two-year budget plan hikes spending by $1.2 billion The general fund budget plan includes in new spending $1.2 billion and uses almost all of the projected $1.4 billion budget surplus, and a key health care proposal would spend relatively little in taxpayer money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/24/dayton-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:03:43 -0600 Dayton: I have prostate cancer but expect to finish term Addressing his health in detail after collapsing Monday night during his State of the State speech, Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Tuesday that he has prostate cancer but remains up to doing the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/24/dayton-prostate-cancer-mayo-clinic-testing?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:22:00 -0600 Sunday liquor sales off to a fast start at Capitol A House committee Tuesday gave lopsided approval to a measure that would lift the longtime state ban on Sunday liquor store sales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/17/sunday-liquor-sales-off-to-a-fast-start-at-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:41:55 -0600 Gov. Dayton signs first bill of session, lining up tax code with federal changes The tax conformity measure will provide $21 million in tax cuts to more than 200,000 Minnesotans, including college students, teachers and homeowners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/13/gov-dayton-signs-first-bill-of-session?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:59:11 -0600 Dayton wants quick health cost fix, but GOP wants reform too The Minnesota Legislature kicked off its 2017 session to Tuesday with Republicans now in charge of both the House and Senate, and with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton looking for a way to work with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/03/dayton-republicans-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:44:41 -0600 Political bad blood may spill into Minnesota legislative session The recent public fallout between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt could create problems in the crucial legislative budget session that begins Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/03/minnesota-2017-legislature-begins-budget-politics?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 04:00:00 -0600 Real ID deadline looms again for lawmakers Minnesota needs to meet federal drivers' license security standards in about a year, and one key Republican said he's in no rush to comply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/23/real-id-deadline-looms-again-for-lawmakers?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 DFL copper mining feud spills into public view DFL Party leaders on Saturday are set to debate language that would put the party officially against a proposed copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes. Could it be a swing issue in the next governor's race? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/09/minnesota-copper-mining-divides-minn-dfl-party-leaders?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Rep. Ellison says he'll quit House if elected DNC chair Minnesota DFL Rep. Keith Ellison said Wednesday he'd resign his U.S. House of Representatives seat if elected Democratic National Committee Chair in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/07/keith-ellison-to-leave-us-house-if-elected-dnc-chair?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:17:07 -0600 Minnesota GOP hopes to keep Trump voters in the tent Republicans are riding high after big wins by state legislative candidates and President-elect Donald Trump's surprising strength in Minnesota. Party leaders are working to make sure those Trump-inspired voters stick around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/12/02/minnesota-republicans-work-to-hang-onto-trump-voters?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Mills' 8th District recount will cost over $100K Republican Stewart Mills lost to incumbent DFL U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan by about 2,000 votes. The hand recount of 357,000 ballots, paid for by Mills, is scheduled to take place Dec. 5 through Dec. 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/30/mills-recount-eight-district?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:58:06 -0600 Dustup over Civil War art leads to battle of words at Capitol Gov. Mark Dayton stormed out of a meeting Tuesday after accusing Republicans of distorting his position on Civil War paintings in the newly renovated Minnesota Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/30/dustup-over-civil-war-art-leads-to-battle-of-words-at-capitol?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Wisconsin readies for $3.5M presidential vote recount Money to cover the recount's is supposed to come from two third-party presidential campaigns. It's unlikely the recount will change the election's initial outcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/29/wisconsin-readies-for-presidential-vote-recount?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 New state Senate leader says social issues won't be major 2017 agenda items Paul Gazelka, an insurance agent and social conservative from Nisswa, is now one of the most powerful lawmakers in Minnesota -- and he's as surprised as anyone by that newfound status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/17/paul-gazelka-new-senate-republican-leader?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0600 That knock at the door? Probably a Minnesota legislative candidate With campaign season headed into its final weekend, Minnesota legislative candidates are going door-to-door hoping to close the deal with voters. The effort is especially intense for two open seats in the Twin Cities suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/11/04/minnesota-legislature-election-nears-doorknocking-jumps?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:04:15 -0500 MN Supreme Court race: quiet incumbent, loud challenger Minnesota's one statewide election features a state Supreme Court incumbent, Justice Natalie Hudson. She's following the judicial tradition of not campaigning on controversial issues. Her challenger, Michelle MacDonald, is ignoring that tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/27/minnesota-supreme-court-election-race-hudson-macdonald?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:40:36 -0500 Daudt: Dayton should quit if health insurance woes aren't fixed Efforts to help some Minnesotans weather a looming spike in their health insurance costs were stymied again Wednesday. GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt accused the governor of a "dereliction of leadership" on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/26/minnesota-health-insurance-fix-politics-dayton-daudt?refid=0 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:37:01 -0500 Minnesota voters, here's your election guide Election Day is Nov. 8. From the presidential race to the constitutional amendment, here's your guide to who -- and what -- is on the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/25/mn-election-guide?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0500 Senate Democrats want special session on spiking health insurance costs Minnesota Senate Democrats asked Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday to call a special session of the Legislature -- before the election if possible -- to address rapidly rising health insurance costs. Republicans called it a pre-election stunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/20/senate-democrats-want-special-session-on-spiking-health-insurance-costs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:49:47 -0500 Much at stake, Minnesota immigrants keep close eye on presidential election Minnesotans who would be most affected by changes in immigration policy are paying close attention to the opposing proposals coming from Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/19/minnesota-immigrants-watch-election-closely?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton takes active role in campaign for Legislature DFL Gov. Mark Dayton isn't on the ballot this year, but he's spending a lot of time on the campaign trail trying to help fellow Democrats get elected to the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/14/dayton-active-campaigning-for-democrats?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:49:38 -0500 5 rematch races that could reshape the Minnesota House This year's battle for control of the Minnesota House features rematches where Republicans beat DFL incumbents two years ago. Winning back all five wouldn't flip the House to the Democrats but would get them close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/10/05/5-minnesota-house-rematch-races-election?refid=0 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:48:44 -0500 Control of Minnesota Legislature could hinge on a few districts All 201 Minnesota legislative seats are up for grabs this year. A race in one south suburban district between a first-time candidate and a first-time incumbent offers a look at what's at stake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/minnesota-legislature-control-target-districts?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 These races could decide which party takes control of the Legislature Races in a handful of battleground districts could decide whether Republicans or DFLers take control of the House and Senate in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/22/key-legislative-races-to-watch-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 -0500 It wouldn't be the State Fair without plenty of politics Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unlikely to show up at State Fair this year, but their supporters are making the case to fairgoers, whether they want to hear it or not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/state-fair-politics?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:39:07 -0500 Dayton seeks a plan B to pay for Southwest light rail The final piece of funding for the $1.8 billion project is in limbo after special session talks broke down last week. Supporters are scrambling now for options. House Republicans remain firmly opposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/25/dayton-seeks-pay-plan-southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton: No special session after negotiations fail Gov. Mark Dayton pulled the plug on a special session for legislation on public works spending and tax relief, calling talks with Republicans "futile." Light rail funding remained a key obstacle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/18/dayton-no-special-session-negotiations-fail?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:49:44 -0500 Paulsen, Bonoff clash on policy, Trump in MN 3rd debate Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen and DFL state Sen. Terri Bonoff squared off Wednesday in what could be a competitive race for Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District. Donald Trump may loom large. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/17/paulsen-bonoff-clash-policy-trump-mn-congress-debate?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:09:15 -0500 House Speaker Daudt faces primary challenge from the right Kurt Daudt is the top Republican elected official in the state. A former colleague is trying to put the brakes on his political rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/04/house-speaker-daudt-faces-primary-challenge-from-right?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Your guide to the Minnesota primaries Minnesota is holding legislative and House primaries Tuesday. Here are the races to watch and why they matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/08/05/minnesota-primary-guide?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:28:14 -0500 Here's how Clinton's nomination is affecting Minnesota Dems The presidential campaign is already factoring into legislative races, said DFL Party Chair Ken Martin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/29/how-hillary-clinton-nomination-affects-minnesota-democrats?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota delegates mixed on Kaine ahead of VP nomination speech Minnesota's convention delegates offered generally positive opinions of Kaine ahead of his scheduled Wednesday night speech, although some Bernie Sanders backers worry Kaine is too conservative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/27/minnesota-delegates-mixed-on-kaine-ahead-dnc-speech?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:15:23 -0500 Democrats ready speeches on gun violence, police shootings Several Minnesota convention delegates say they're pleased the party on Tuesday night will put a spotlight on the issues of gun violence, race and police use of deadly force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/26/democrats-convention-talk-gun-violence-police-shootings?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:13:24 -0500 Will Minn. Democrats who feel the Bern fall in line at convention? As Democrats begin their national convention in Philadelphia, most Minnesota delegates are pledged to vote for Bernie Sanders, not Hillary Clinton, on the first ballot. Party leaders are stressing unity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/25/sanders-minn-backers-support-clinton-democrats?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:40:59 -0500 In Minneapolis stop, Clinton pledges support for teachers and public education Clinton spoke at the national convention of the American Federation of Teachers, a union that endorsed her presidential candidacy a year ago. Her speech triggered a brief protest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/19/clinton-public-education-priorities?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:11:05 -0500 Dayton surveys Minnesota tornado damage, says state aid likely Gov. Mark Dayton told west-central Minnesota officials the damage costs from Monday's tornadoes probably won't be high enough to trigger federal disaster aid, but he was certain the state would provide help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/13/dayton-minnesota-tornado-damage-state-aid?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:28:58 -0500 Castile shooting renews calls to boost Minnesota police training Minnesota lawmakers who back proposed changes for local law enforcement agencies see an opportunity to build support in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. But others aren't convinced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/12/castile-shooting-renews-call-to-boost-minnesota-cop-training?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton draws scorn, praise for Castile shooting comments Critics say Gov. Mark Dayton's comments on the case crossed a line and could compromise the investigation. But Dayton on Friday wasn't backing down from his belief that race was a factor in the shooting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/08/dayton-castile-police-shooting-comments-praised-scorned?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:11:05 -0500 Dayton: Castile shooting wouldn't have happened if he were white In an extraordinary press conference, Gov. Mark Dayton called the police shooting of Philando Castile a "terrible tragedy" befalling all of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/07/dayton-castile-not-shot-if-white?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:16:26 -0500 Political pressures intensify on Minnesota's few black lawmakers Only three of 201 state lawmakers are African-American. All face primary contests on Aug. 9. Their challengers, who are also black, say the legislators they want to replace aren't changing things fast enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/07/06/minnesota-few-black-lawmakers-face-political-pressures?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton judicial pick brings female majority to MN Supreme Court Anne McKeig, who is American Indian, is a family court judge. Her background also includes a stint as an assistant Hennepin County prosecutor in the child protection division. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/28/mckeig-minnesota-supreme-court?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:22:29 -0500 Special session or not? MN lawmaker re-elections could hinge on answer All 201 legislative seats are in play this fall but lawmakers still don't know exactly what successes they'll be able to tout to voters. A key meeting on a special session is set for Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/15/mn-lawmaker-reelections-could-hinge-on-special-session?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Transit funding still a big sticking point for special session House Republicans remain firmly opposed to any funding for Southwest Light Rail, while the governor and Senate Democrats still insist on funding for the project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/08/southwest-light-rail-transit-funding-sticking-point-special-session?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:55:50 -0500 No special session in sight after Dayton tax bill veto Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders talked taxes and public works bills Tuesday afternoon, but there's no deal to move forward with a special session and they don't plan to talk again until next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/07/dayton-wants-lawmakers-to-come-back-finish-job?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:20:44 -0500 MN Legislature: What got done (and what didn't) Minnesota lawmakers stumbled across the finish line for the 2016 session Sunday night without completing three of their top goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/23/legislature-checklist?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 07:54:11 -0500 With 3 days left to go, major legislation remains stuck The transportation bill and tax bill left over from last session are still unresolved. Lawmakers are also working on a supplemental budget bill and a bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/20/major-legislation-remains-stuck?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2016 06:13:19 -0500 With 4 days left to work, lawmakers can't agree on big issues Despite this week's exchange of offers on transportation funding, negotiators have set that issue aside to focus instead on taxes, bonding and how to spend the state's $900 million budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/18/days-left-in-session-no-agreement-on-big-issues?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2016 16:47:38 -0500 Transportation funding key to getting deal at the Capitol It's the final week of the 2016 legislative session and nobody knows for sure if any of the big issues will get resolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/16/transportation-funding-key-to-deal-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 08:53:29 -0500 Light rail cash in limbo as Minnesota lawmakers talk transit State lawmakers will soon decide whether the Southwest Corridor light rail project remains on track as they negotiate a larger transportation funding bill. Some $900 million in federal funding hangs in the balance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/12/light-rail-cash-in-limbo-as-mn-lawmakers-talk-transit?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Push to convert Minnesota from caucuses to primaries cools at Capitol It was a hot issue a couple months ago. But with less than three weeks left in the 2016 session, Minnesota lawmakers have yet to pass a bill to establish a statewide presidential primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/03/minnesota-push-for-primaries-cools-at-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2016 16:12:51 -0500 Dayton pushes transportation spending plan, but talks are in low gear Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday laid out his demands for a transportation funding package, hoping to jumpstart progress on a deal with Republicans. But lawmakers aren't close to agreeing and time is running out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/29/dayton-pushes-transportation-bill-talks-in-low-gear?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:49:28 -0500 MN House adds broadband, economic disparity money to budget The Minnesota House backed a supplemental budget bill Wednesday that includes new spending to expand rural broadband, promote tourism and tackle racial economic disparities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/04/28/mn-house-backs-budget?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:38:08 -0500 MN House adds broadband, economic disparity money to budget The GOP-led state House backed a supplemental budget bill Wednesday that includes new spending to expand rural broadband, promote tourism and tackle racial economic disparities. DFLers criticized it as too small. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/27/mn-house-backs-budget-with-broadband-disparity-money?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:55:21 -0500 Gun control bills get a hearing, but just for show? Minnesotans on both sides of the gun control debate packed a legislative hearing Tuesday to have their say on two bills that aren't going anywhere this session. Critics called it politics, not policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/26/minnesota-gun-control-bills-get-hearing-no-action?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:03:19 -0500 Minnesota House lawmakers push ahead on Real ID fix Legislation to bring Minnesota in line with new federal driver's license security standards passed its first committee Monday. A Senate panel takes up a much different Real ID approach on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/25/minnesota-house-lawmakers-push-ahead-real-id-fix?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:31:33 -0500 Dayton presses Minnesota lawmakers to do more to protect water Hoping to rally public support for his clean water initiatives and pressure the Legislature to do more this session, Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday declared it "Water Action Week." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/18/dayton-presses-lawmakers-to-do-more-on-clean-water?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:52:48 -0500 Move fast on Real ID? Minnesota lawmakers not on board The potential $5 million cost to move Minnesota quickly into compliance with new Real ID federal driver's license security standards has lawmakers questioning the need for speed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/15/minnesota-lawmakers-moving-slowly-on-real-id?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:26:12 -0500 3 things to watch this week at the Minnesota Legislature Lawmakers have just six weeks left to try to reach compromises on transportation, taxes and other elusive issues. But on Monday, the House will focus its attention on fireworks and fantasy sports. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/11/3-things-to-watch-mn-legislature-this-week?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:02:29 -0500 Dayton: MN mental health centers need security upgrades now Gov. Mark Dayton tells lawmakers $177 million in building and staffing improvements are urgently needed to boost worker safety at the Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center and the Minnesota Security Hospital. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/dayton-minnnesota-mental-health-centers-need-security-upgrade?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:11:54 -0500 Dayton slams 'untrustworthy' Essar Steel over missed state payment Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he's very concerned about Essar Steel Minnesota after the company didn't deliver on a promised $10 million payment to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/dayton-slams-essar-steel-over-missed-payment?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:15:00 -0500 GOP renews push to end Minnesota tax on Social Security GOP leaders say ending the state's taxation of Social Security income would make Minnesota retiree-friendly. Legislative Democrats warn the state can't afford the revenue cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/gop-presses-end-to-minnesota-tax-on-social-security?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:19:33 -0500 Lawmakers return from Easter break with Real ID on the agenda The Minnesota House is set to pass a Real ID bill Tuesday, when lawmakers return from their Easter weekend break and begin the fourth week of the 2016 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/28/real-id-on-legislative-agenda?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:07:43 -0500 Republicans push bill to keep transgender people from changing restrooms Dayton vows to veto the bill, which would require that people use the bathroom appropriate to the gender on their birth certificate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/23/transgender-bathrooms-bill-legislature?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:58:47 -0500 Plan to reopen Minnesota private prison divides Capitol Supporters say a bill to reopen a western Minnesota prison under state management would bring needed jobs and relieve prison overcrowding. But opponents on Tuesday objected loudly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/22/politics-appleton-mn-private-prison?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:42:47 -0500 Dayton to release supplemental budget proposal Tuesday Dayton says his proposal includes some modest spending increases and middle-income tax cuts. He's also suggested that his spending recommendations will include initiatives aimed at the state's racial economic disparities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/14/dayton-supplemental-budget-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:48:32 -0500 Dayton urges Legislature to press on, budget carefully In a speech that stuck to mostly familiar themes, Dayton said his No. 1 priority for the 2016 session is protecting the fiscal integrity of state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/10/dayton-state-of-the-state?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:41:54 -0600 On Legislature's opening day, Capitol remodeling makes room for debate Republican leaders insist on using the House chamber, with portable toilets, rather than accept space in the Senate Building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/08/minnesota-legislative-session-day-one-debate?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:41:43 -0600 Minnesota lawmakers return amid messy politics, construction State lawmakers open an election-year session Tuesday in St. Paul that will be long on challenges and potentially short on accomplishments. A Capitol rehab project won't make it any easier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/minnesota-lawmakers-return-amid-messy-politics-construction?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Money for student counseling takes a back seat Minnesota hasn't always ranked so poorly when it comes to pupil support spending. But budget cuts have resulted in schools making other choices at the local level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/07/graduation-gap-legislation-money?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:03:00 -0600 Rubio, Sanders score big wins in Minnesota caucuses Minnesota caucus-goers showed up in droves Tuesday to deliver an energy shot to the flagging presidential hopes of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, bucking the Super Tuesday trend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/01/rubio-sanders-score-big-wins-in-minnesota-caucuses?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2016 22:37:55 -0600 Stakes high for GOP, DFL as Minnesota caucuses near Minnesotans on Tuesday get their first chance to weigh in on presidential politics when they meet on caucus night. With the state's influence supersized this year, the work to win delegates has intensified as caucus night approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/29/stakes-high-for-gop-democrats-as-minnesota-caucuses-near?refid=0 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers aim to wrap up transportation funding deal early Minnesota lawmakers kick-started negotiations Monday for a road-and-bridge-repair funding package, but offered few signs that the large divide between competing plans has narrowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/15/transportation-funding-negotiations-begin?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:43:31 -0600 Special election enlarges MN House GOP majority by 1 Republican Chad Anderson will fill the seat vacated by DFLer Ann Lenczewski. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/10/minnesota-house-republican-majority-grows?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:35:36 -0600 Dayton visits Madelia, says state will provide aid after fire An explosion early Wednesday set off a fire in in the small southern Minnesota town, destroying several downtown buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/dayton-visits-madelia?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:10:36 -0600 Dayton: GOP tax cut demand kills special session Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday abandoned plans for a special legislative session to tackle jobless aid for laid-off Iron Rangers after he said Republicans demanded business tax cuts in exchange for their session support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/02/dayton-special-session-dead-blames-gop?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:09:44 -0600 Another meeting, but still no agreement on special session Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders still don't have an agreement on a special session after another closed-door meeting Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/special-session-no-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:39:22 -0600 Dayton, GOP talk special session, but no one's feeling special Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are set to meet again today to talk about a possible special session, but even Dayton now acknowledges the prospects are fading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/29/dayton-gop-talk-minnesota-special-session-prospects-dim?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton presses water, rail, public safety upgrades in projects plan Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday unveiled his plan for $1.4 billion in Minnesota public works construction, kicking off the coming legislative debate on this year's bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/15/dayton-unveils-minnesota-public-works-plan-rail-water?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:45:11 -0600 Dayton releases $220M wish list for water quality upgrades The governor says boosting Minnesota's water quality will be a top priority for his final three years in office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/14/dayton-water-quality-upgrades-wish-list?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:25:55 -0600 Though Minnesota IDs good to fly until 2018, Dayton still wants special session The governor still wants lawmakers to extend jobless benefits for Iron Range steelworkers and start tackling the state's troubling racial economic disparities. A top Republican said a special session is "unlikely." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/special-session-urgency-real-id?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:37:47 -0600 Lawmakers look for middle ground to fix Real ID Minnesota legislators remain torn between a push to bring the state in compliance with the Real ID federal identification law and a desire to protect privacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/07/minnesota-lawmakers-real-id-drivers-license-fix?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:32:10 -0600 MN special session plans fade with GOP, Dayton at odds Prospects for a special session dimmed Wednesday as DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt blamed each other for the lack of progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/06/no-minnesota-special-session-real-id-jobless-race-gap?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2016 13:50:19 -0600 Feds reject Minnesota's request for Real ID extension Federal officials have denied Gov. Mark Dayton's request for more time to comply with stronger driver's license standards to board planes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/22/minnesota-id-request-denied?refid=0 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:02:55 -0600 Cruz pays visit to St. Paul as part of multi-state swing The Republican presidential hopeful declared that "help is on the way" for what he called a country in crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/18/cruz-swings-through-stpaul?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:04:11 -0600 Ted Cruz brings presidential campaign to St. Paul Cruz won a recent presidential straw poll among Minnesota Republican Party regulars. He got nearly a third of the 283 votes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/ted-cruz-campaign-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:59:58 -0600 Fork in the road for MN transportation funding: Gas tax or sales tax? Gov. Mark Dayton said the projected surplus meant a gas tax was dead. Fellow DFLers aren't so sure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/17/minnesota-transportation-funding-gas-or-sales-tax?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. forecast: $1.9 billion budget surplus; 'modest' job, wage growth The budget numbers look bright and DFLers and Republicans on Thursday quickly laid out their spending priorities. Economists, however, also cautioned that Minnesota faces some long-term economic worries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/03/minnesota-budget?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:20:10 -0600 State faces expected surplus, of both money and ways to spend it Minnesota Management and Budget officials will release a forecast Thursday that gives state leaders an idea of how much they'll have to work with next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/02/state-budget-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 16:56:58 -0600 Dayton: Ambulance video inconclusive in Jamar Clark shooting Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters Monday that he's seen video from the ambulance camera on site during the Jamar Clark shooting and that it doesn't confirm either side's allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/23/jamar-clark-video-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:48:17 -0600 Senate DFLers back session to help laid-off steelworkers Gov. Dayton has asked for a special session, but Republicans have yet to respond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/17/special-session?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:02:14 -0600 Lawmakers pressure state board to streamline licenses for out-of-state teachers Supporters see the new rules as a way to address teacher shortages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/teacher-licensing?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 18:27:25 -0600 Minnesota school districts score big with voters Schools got much of what they sought for in local tax increases: 47 out of 52 districts passed operating levies, while 23 out of 37 passed measures to build new schools or improve facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/school-referenda?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:40:19 -0600 Messy House: Capitol restoration to limit public access to lawmakers The Minnesota House returns in March to a Capitol that will still be covered in construction. Officials say they'll need to restrict public access and that's raising concerns about open government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/04/capitol-construction?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's diversity grows, but Legislature stays mostly white Less than 5 percent of Minnesota legislators are people of color, compared to about 19 percent of the population. One lawmaker says that lack of diversity is hurting the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/27/mn-legislature-diversity?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 15:44:18 -0500 Oil trains in metro area prompt response from Dayton Recent changes in oil traffic through Minnesota prompted Gov. Mark Dayton to ask railroad officials for more safety measures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/21/dayton-oil-train-letter-bnsf?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:45:08 -0500 Anoka judge removed from bench over residency questions Tenth Judicial District Judge Alan F. Pendleton was found to have violated judicial residency requirements and used a false address. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/anoka-judge?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:24:50 -0500 New MN Senate building looks nice, but GOP still doesn't like it As it nears completion, the building remains controversial. DFLers say it will improve public access to government. Republicans say it's a costly, unnecessary project and will be a campaign issue again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/08/senate-office-building?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:16:44 -0500 Rep. Atkins skips run for congressional seat The seven-term Democrat said Thursday he wouldn't seek the suburban seat being vacated by Republican Rep. John Kline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/01/joe-atkins?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:04:08 -0500 Dayton: School board member should quit over post about Muslims Gov. Mark Dayton called on Columbia Heights School Board member Grant Nichols to resign over comments appearing on Nichols' Facebook page that disparaged Muslims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/18/dayton-school-board-member?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:49:15 -0500 Capitol mystery: Who took Cass Gilbert's chairs (and other stuff)? The renowned architect who designed Minnesota's Capitol also designed hundreds of pieces of furniture to go with it. Officials deep into the Capitol's restoration aren't sure where all that furniture went. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/12/missing-capitol-furniture?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers won't fight fines for 'making out' in park Two Minnesota lawmakers ticketed for "making out" in a public park had accused the park ranger of lying and vowed to fight. The pair now say they won't fight the citations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/04/lawmakers-wont-fight-fines-for-making-out-in-park?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:57:21 -0500 Daudt: Black Lives Matter protesters 'incredibly disrespectful' to police Minnesota Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt has joined the criticism of a chant heard Saturday during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the State Fairgrounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/01/bcst-daudt-all-lives-matter?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:35:43 -0500 Democratic presidential hopefuls go big today in Twin Cities Four of the five announced candidates for the Democratic nomination are set to speak to hundreds of delegates at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/democratic-presidential-hopefuls-go-big-today-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 05:00:00 -0500 Gov. Dayton: Planned Black Lives Matter Fair protest 'inappropriate' Gov. Mark Dayton fielded a wide range of questions on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/ama-with-governor-dayton-at-the-fair?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:12:42 -0500 Railroads balk at making oil disaster plans public Only authorized emergency officials have been allowed to review the plans. Some say that makes it impossible to judge them. But one rail executive says the plans could provide a "road map" for terrorists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/25/railroads-disaster-plans?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Walker uses MN visit to outline health care overhaul With a proposal that he describes as "big and bold," the Wisconsin governor hopes to be heard above the crowded GOP presidential field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/scott-walker?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 12:24:19 -0500 Minnesota officials expect costly sex offender program fix Dayton, legislators and Judge Frank's failure to agree on the best way to fix the MSOP program leaves uncertainty over state appeals, new legislation and the need for a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/sex-offender-program?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:45:00 -0500 Questions linger as MN nears end to gas pump, online lottery sales Lawmakers ordered an end to the pump, ATM and online games. Lottery officials are trying to manage the fallout with vendors. It's still unclear how much the breakup will cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/lottery-sales?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Voting Rights Act anniversary prompts calls for action The living members of Minnesota's congressional delegation of the time recall what it was like to unite behind a shared goal: equal rights to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/29/voting-rights-act?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton rejects Planned Parenthood investigation GOP state House and Senate members asked Dayton in a letter this week to order an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood is illegally selling organs from aborted fetuses from clinics in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/planned-parenthood-investigation-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:27:14 -0500 Some DFL lawmakers who lost in 2014 aim for rematches Voters can look forward to rematches in many of the districts where Democrats lost close contests to Republicans in 2015. Democrats need six seats to regain control of the House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/15/defeated-democrats-want-rematches?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Officials: Minnesota sees success in fight against homelessness This year's count of Minnesota homeless found a 10 percent decrease from 2014. Officials say it's due to the improving economy and policies to aid people in need. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/19/homelessness-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:59:51 -0500 Solar, wind backers feel burned after MN lawmakers OK new 'grid fee' A provision tucked into last week's jobs and energy bill lets Minnesota municipal utilities charge more to customers producing their own solar or wind energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/18/grid-fees?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 04:00:00 -0500 New monument at capitol honors military families The Minnesota Military Family Tribute recognizes the families of active military members and veterans. Organizers said the tribute is the first of its kind in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/13/military-family-monument?refid=0 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:03:45 -0500 Deals move Minn. budget toward finish line, but no one's thrilled A special session to finish the budget work is likely Friday. But even with the backing of DFL and GOP leaders, passage of the bills is not certain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/10/budget-deal?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:44 -0500 Fight over state auditor's job snarls Minnesota budget deal A skirmish between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans over the scope of the state auditor's job is threatening to hold up the special session needed to finish the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/02/state-auditor-fight?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:03:35 -0500 Budget talks break through; Minn. government shutdown unlikely Gov. Mark Dayton and House GOP leaders on Monday tentatively agreed to a two-year school spending budget and are close on other issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/budget-talks?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:28:52 -0500 For Dayton, Democrats as big a hurdle as Republicans Dayton needs to negotiate the differences between Democrats who disagree on big issues in the bills he vetoed. They expose an urban-rural divide in his party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/dayton-democrats?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 17:53:23 -0500 Dayton, Daudt talk nice but no deal on Minnesota budget "Cordial" discussions brought no agreements Tuesday on three vetoed budget bills, the governor and Republican speaker said. A deal is needed by June 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/26/daudt-dayton-talk?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 17:27:37 -0500 Dayton firm on budget veto threat as deadline looms A key Senate leader expects the fight between Dayton and House Republicans over pre-K funding will force a special legislative session. Lawmakers face a midnight deadline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/18/budgetsetting-session-reaches-deadline-but-show-may-go-on-?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2015 05:01:41 -0500 Big differences remain on budget, taxes at the Capitol There's only a week left in the 2015 session. MPR News Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire updates us on the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/11/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 08:36:55 -0500 Budget deal rests on health and human services spending As negotiations on a two-year budget continue, Gov. Mark Dayton, House Republicans and Senate Democrats are divided on big spending areas, especially health and human services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/07/budget-hhs-spending?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 17:20:16 -0500 Minnesota drinking water threatened by nitrates The Minnesota Department of Health's annual report on drinking water quality warns that nitrate contamination could affect public health. Gov. Mark Dayton called for action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/06/minnesota-drinking-water?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 16:12:54 -0500 Big gulfs remain on taxes, transportation and spending at Capitol DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have two weeks left in the 2015 session to reach a deal on a new state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/04/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 09:00:28 -0500 New law allows beer growler sales on Sunday With municipal licensing, taprooms and brewpubs will be able to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer and take-home bottles on Sundays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/01/liquor-laws?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2015 17:11:28 -0500 Will skyrocketing cost kill Southwest light rail? Even a project supporter calls the new $2 billion cost estimate a huge setback. The Met Council's chairman says all options, including killing the proposed line, are on the table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/27/southwest-light-rail?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:43:25 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers poised to limit reach of estate tax In their $2 billion package of tax cuts, Republicans who control the Minnesota House would more than double the amount of money Minnesotans would have to amass before their estates are subject to taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/24/estate-tax-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota House Republicans detail $2 billion tax cut plan The proposal includes a one-time income tax exemption, funds to start phasing out the statewide business property tax and other breaks. It cuts aid to Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/20/tax-cut-plan?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:40:35 -0500 House Republicans want to slash state government spending Despite a $1.9 billion state budget surplus, Republicans aim to trim department budgets, freeze the number of state workers and limit commissioner salaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/15/house-bill?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:38:22 -0500 Republicans want preschool scholarships, not universal pre-K Ignoring Dayton's proposal for universal pre-K, the GOP bill would boost spending on scholarships that allow parents to send their children to whichever preschool they choose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/republican-preschool-scholarships?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:01:40 -0500 Budget bills head to Senate, House committees at the Capitol There's a lot of work left to do, and deep disagreements remain on big issues including taxes, transportation funding and how best to use the $1.9 billion projected surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/13/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:35:20 -0500 House Speaker Daudt raises hopes for Sunday liquor sales Daudt said he can guarantee that a proposal to lift the state's long ban on Sunday sales will come up as an amendment on the House floor in the coming weeks, as it has in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/bcst-kurt-daudt?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:44:04 -0500 Dayton challenges lawmakers to take action on transportation, education In his fifth State of the State, the governor made it clear he is not willing to surrender his legislative agenda. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/10/dayton-state-of-the-state?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:53:53 -0500 Dayton unveils public works package; faces steep odds in Legislature Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed $842 million in public works construction that he said would create nearly 24,000 jobs. The plan, however, faces a tough political climb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/07/public-works-package?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 11:16:31 -0500 Andersen Corp. to add 300 jobs in $45M expansion The jobs will be added this and next year at three Minnesota facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/06/andersen-windows?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:29:26 -0500 After break, battle over tax cuts awaits Minnesota Legislature House Republicans will seek $2 billion in tax cuts when they return from 10 days off. Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Democrats say too much tax relief could hurt Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/28/legislature-battle-over-tax-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 House Republicans to unveil revised transportation plan The House is also set to vote Monday on a bill that would change how the state's minimum wage law applies to tipped employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/23/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:53:45 -0500 Minnesota Senate to vote on bill limiting use of drones Under the measure, police would need warrants to use an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance. There would be exceptions in some emergency circumstances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/drone-legislation?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:55:21 -0500 Surplus of ideas on what to do with the state surplus DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is set to release a supplemental budget proposal this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/16/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:30:22 -0500 Partisan divide grows over how to use state surplus Some Republicans are calling for tax cuts. Democrats say such cuts should not come at the expense of priorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/12/surplus-debate?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:40:04 -0500 House to tackle minimum wage proposal The measure would allow restaurants to keep servers at the current $8 rate, as long as their combined earnings &mdash; with tips &mdash; exceed $12 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/09/house-minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 House lawmakers approve teacher layoffs bill Under the bill, school district officials would be required to negotiate local layoff policies that factor in teacher performance, rather than basing those decisions solely on years of service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/06/house-lawmakers-approve-teacher-layoffs-bill?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:30:22 -0600 Deal on pay raises expected to take next steps forward State lawmakers will try to move on to other issues this week after resolving the dispute with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton over big pay raises for commissioners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/23/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:55:52 -0600 Dayton, lawmakers reach deal on commissioner pay hikes State legislative leaders say they've reached a deal with Gov. Mark Dayton on the controversial pay increases for 26 commissioners and agency chiefs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/19/pay-hike-deal?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:51:52 -0600 Flap over pay raises due to flare up at Capitol It's President's Day, but Minnesota lawmakers are on the job, and there's no break in sight from the ongoing flap over salary increases for members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/16/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:23:25 -0600 Commissioner pay raise fight leads to Dayton-DFLer blowup Angry that Senate Democrats voted to freeze his commissioners' pay raises, Gov. Dayton said he no longer trusts Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. The rift has put DFL politics into disarray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/12/roll-back-raise?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:29:21 -0600 Dayton presses railroads to pay more taxes Gov. Mark Dayton wants railroads to pay significantly higher property taxes, in part, to help offset the cost of rail crossing improvements. One GOP tax leader says it's a non-starter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/railroad-taxes?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 State lottery a source of tension this week at the Capitol DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to meet with legislative leaders this week in hopes of heading off a potential showdown over the state lottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/09/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:00:26 -0600 Capitol committees to scrutinize Dayton budget this week Dayton unveiled a two-year, $42 billion general fund spending blueprint last Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/02/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:04:51 -0600 Dayton proposes $35M increase in mental health support Mental health advocates praised the two-year proposal, which pumps new money into prevention and early intervention programs, improves access to treatment and expands community support for recovery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/30/dayton-mental-health?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:12:23 -0600 Dayton to unveil transportation plan House Republicans and Senate Democrats have already released their plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/26/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:24:20 -0600 Teacher seniority debate returns to Legislature Bills already introduced in the House and Senate would require school districts to emphasize performance over seniority in teacher staffing decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/20/teachers-lifo?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Transportation funding a top issue early in session DFLers in the Minnesota Senate are expected to release a transportation funding plan Monday that would raise new tax revenue for roads, bridges and transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/12/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:29:37 -0600 First bills: DFLers want free education, Republicans want business tax breaks House Republicans and Senate Democrats have different approaches to Minnesota's future. Democrats want to make investments in several areas but Republicans are wary of spending money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/08/first-bills?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:13:07 -0600 GOP, DFL ready to govern in newly divided MN Legislature Republicans will hold more power in the session that starts Tuesday. Here's what DFL and GOP leaders are saying about potential pitfalls -- and opportunities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/05/legislative-session?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Flush with $1 billion surplus, MN lawmakers eye targeted tax relief Tax cuts and spending ideas will compete as state lawmakers negotiate a two-year budget. But no one's talking tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/02/minnesota-surplus?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Special interests lining up for state spending Legislators expect to have some extra money on hand in 2015. That's giving some people ideas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/state-surplus?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:43:58 -0600 Next Lt. Gov. has big plans for the job Minnesota's next lieutenant governor is promising to change a job that kept many of her predecessors out of the public eye. But Tina Smith says she's still figuring out what her role will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/28/tina-smith-profile?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:00:00 -0600 New House committee to address senior care Rep. Joe Schomacker said the committee's work in 2015 will include funding issues for nursing homes and assisted living programs and addressing workforce challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/22/house-committee-senior-care?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:56:43 -0600 It's 'catch up' time for rural Minnesota, Republicans say After reclaiming the House in the November elections, the GOP appears eager to focus on Greater Minnesota through the creation of several new committees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/09/rural-concerns-draw-focus-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis protesters: 'Unjust killing' must stop Hundreds of people met to discuss ways to hold police more accountable for their actions. About 200 people marched down Broadway Avenue before blocking the intersection leading to northeast Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/06/protests?refid=0 Sat, 06 Dec 2014 19:00:04 -0600 Republican leader takes aim at High School League State Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, wants more scrutiny of the Minnesota State High School League after its vote to allow transgender athletes play on the team that suits their identity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/06/highschoolleague?refid=0 Sat, 06 Dec 2014 13:46:34 -0600 Districts say school tech firm's financial woes won't hurt them An audit of the nonprofit known as TIES highlighted a host of financial irregularities. Some school districts, though, say they'll continue working with the education technology group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/ties?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:05:11 -0600 MN forecast may show surplus, but are lawmakers in a spending mood? Many at the Capitol expect today's new economic forecast to show a surplus, but leaders from both political parties are trying to dampen expectations for more state spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/04/minnesota-economic-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 New balance of power makes Republicans and Democrats wary When voters gave Republicans control of the Minnesota House, they set up potential conflict between the GOP and Gov. Mark Dayton and a DFL-controlled Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/24/possible-govt-shutdown?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0600 New Republicans in the Minnesota House vow to set the agenda When Republicans take control of the Minnesota House, their focus will be on transportation, lowering taxes and supporting traditional and rural values, new members say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/republicans-minnesota-house?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:30:27 -0600 As much as they dislike MNsure, Republicans may only tinker with it Republicans promise more scrutiny of MNsure during the session that begins in January. But with Gov. Mark Dayton and a Democratic Senate still in place, big changes remain unlikely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/11/republicans-mnsure?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:21:37 -0600 Did voters turn out the lights on Minnesota's third parties? The Independence Party on Tuesday fell short of the 5 percent needed to keep major party status. Officials insist the third-party movement is not dead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/05/independence-party-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:37:23 -0600 Minn. House: Republicans take control Minnesota again has a divided state government. Although Gov. Mark Dayton won re-election, Republicans regained control of the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/04/mn-house-election?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:02:15 -0600 GOP presses Ebola, other hot buttons in campaign's final hours Democrats wasted no time in denouncing the Republican attack ad, which they said amounts to fear mongering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/03/day-before-the-election?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 17:04:25 -0600 Dayton, Johnson go on the attack in last debate The lively, hour-long broadcast on Twin Cities Public Television got the candidates talking about a few new things, including Ebola, police surveillance and professional soccer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/01/governor-debate?refid=0 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 07:40:48 -0500 In key districts, state House candidates make final pitch to voters The battle for majority control is being waged in fewer than two dozen of the state's 134 House districts. Republicans need to pick up seven seats to win majority control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/candidates-make-final-pitch?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Quiet fight for Minnesota attorney general could get loud on Saturday Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's re-election strategy has been to avoid responding to candidate criticisms. But she'll be part of Saturday's debate and her challengers plan to make some noise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/minnesota-attorney-general-race?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:33:02 -0500 NAACP criticizes decisions by Swanson, Newman to sidestep debate Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson and Republican Scott Newman did not respond to an invitation by the St. Paul NAACP. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/27/naacp-cancels-debate?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:23:56 -0500 Judge rejects latest push against union for personal care assistants In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said the plaintiffs are not required to join SEIU, and there is no infringement on their first amendment rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/22/davis-ruling?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:48:12 -0500 Dayton, Johnson debate middle class, gun control The candidates for governor have one more debate scheduled for Oct. 31. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/19/fourth-debate?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:00:43 -0500 The invisible race: Minnesota secretary of state job up for grabs They aren't getting a lot of attention, but three major party candidates trying to replace outgoing DFLer Mark Ritchie have sharply different messages. Here's a look. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/secretary-of-state-race?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Key suburban districts may decide control of Minnesota House Democrats hold a 12-seat advantage after their wins in 2012. Republicans must win seven of those seats back this year to be the majority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/16/suburban-districts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 The race for governor: Dayton, Johnson differ on education spending Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican nominee Jeff Johnson debate in Moorhead today. Education spending will be a key issue. Dayton wants to boost per-pupil spending. Johnson won't make any promises. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/08/dayton-johnson-debate-preview?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:05:37 -0500 Minnesota's largest solar power site to land atop airport The project is expected to generate nearly 20 percent of the airport's total electricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/02/solar-panel-msp?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:41:25 -0500 4.5% average hike in 2015 MNsure health plan rates Minnesota's 2015 premiums will be the lowest of any in the nation, the Commerce Department says. Critics argue the 4.5 percent average masks some big rate hikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/01/mnsure-rates-2015?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:27:24 -0500 Death penalty politics enters the governor's race The death penalty hasn't surfaced as an issue in the race for governor in Minnesota. But it's another area on which the candidates disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/30/sjodin-case-led-dayton-challenger-johnson-to-support-death-penalty?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:09:59 -0500 State agencies cut ties with Community Action of Minneapolis The move comes after a scathing audit found the group overcharged state and federal programs. State officials say they'll take steps to get that money back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/community-action?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:54:13 -0500 Minnesota's candidates for governor divided on marijuana laws Gov. Dayton isn't saying whether he'll soften his own stand on medical marijuana in a second term. His rivals are staking out other positions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/governor-candidates-marijuana?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:45:21 -0500 Dayton, Johnson present different views to county officials In different speeches at the same venue, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican challenger Jeff Johnson offer contrasting views about how government should work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/candidate-speeches?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:04:17 -0500 Green banner raised, Dawkins presses unconventional AG campaign Andy Dawkins may be the Green Party's best chance in years to regain major-party status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/01/andy-dawkins?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota personal care aides back statewide union The new bargaining unit would be represented by the Service Employees International Union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/pca-union-vote?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:03:55 -0500 Lawmakers' rural task force sets schedule Members of the bipartisan Rural Task Force will hold their first meeting Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/lawmakers-rural-task-force-sets-schedule?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:49:07 -0500 In-home healthcare union voting closes Monday A estimated 27,000 in-home health care workers were eligible to vote this month on whether to have collective-bargaining representation from the Service Employees International Union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/home-healthcare-union-voting?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:24:26 -0500 Johnson and Dayton ready for campaign, hoping for a positive one Republican gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson is promising to use several ideas from his primary opponents as he campaigns against Gov. Mark Dayton, who is already reminding voters about Democrats' accomplishments over the past four years -- including legalized same-sex marriage and a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/johnson-dayton-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:52:34 -0500 Primary 2014: Johnson wins GOP race for governor Three influential Republicans are trying to push aside the GOP pick for the right to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/governor-primary-2014?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:15:00 -0500 Dayton asks Obama to speed up help for flood-damaged counties In a letter to the president, Dayton said FEMA officials have not yet finalized the assessments for Dakota, Hennepin and Ramsey counties and are disputing some of the identified damage. Dayton asked Obama to direct FEMA to recognize and finalize those assessments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/08/dayton-obama-letter?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:31:05 -0500 GOP governor hopefuls attack each other as primary nears There are just five days left before the primary election, and the four Republican candidates for governor are sharpening their attacks. Most of the barbs are aimed at Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, the GOP endorsed candidate. Johnson said his primary rivals are targeting him because he's the frontrunner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/07/gop-governor-hopefuls?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:01:22 -0500 Johnson takes aim at Dayton as rivals target him Hennepin County Commissioner and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson says he's focusing now on DFL Gov.Mark Dayton rather than his three rivals in next week's primary. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/08/johnson-takes-aim-at-dayton-as-rivals-target-him/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:52:40 -0500 Job killer? GOP governor hopefuls slam minimum wage hike law The $8 hourly minimum wage, up from $6.15, kicked in on Friday. It was the first increase since 2005 and the first of a series of hikes DFL Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/04/governor-hopefuls-slam-minimum-wage-hike-law?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:13:39 -0500 DFL sees birth control access as wedge issue in House races DFL lawmakers on Wednesday proposed making it illegal for an employer to deny contraceptive coverage to employees if their health plan covers prescription drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/30/dfl-birth-control?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:04:58 -0500 GOP candidates for governor aim to cut spending Heading toward next month's primary, the candidates are highlighting their different approaches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/29/gop-governor-candidates-spending-taxes?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:04 -0500 Speeding past orange barrels could bring $300 fine Officials from the Department of Transportation, a highway contractor and the State Patrol hope the steeper penalty will serve as a deterrent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/speeding-past-orange-barrels-could-bring-300-fine-?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:44:49 -0500 Dayton, in reversal, wants health rates published before Election Day On Monday, Dayton said he was not sure if MNsure should release the rates until the start of the next open-enrollment period on Nov. 15. The governor, who is seeking a second term, said the rates would only add to the political shots coming from his Republican critics. On Tuesday, he moved the date ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/22/dayton-in-reversal-wants-health-rates-before-election-day?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:03:50 -0500 Obama declares emergency in 8 counties President Obama issued a disaster declaration Monday for parts of Minnesota damaged by flooding, but only eight of 51 counties were on the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/obama-declares-emergency-in-8-counties?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:34:48 -0500 Burned before, GOP governor hopefuls quiet on abortion, gay marriage The four Republicans running for governor in next month's primary aren't saying much about a topic important to many Republicans: social issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/21/gop-socialissues?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:38:51 -0500 Entenza's presence in state auditor's race makes it a contest State Auditor Rebecca Otto took a stand against exploratory mining leases, angering many people on the Iron Range. Former state Rep. Matt Entenza says that's not why he mounted a surprise last-minute primary challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/state-auditor-entenza-otto?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:23:53 -0500 Home health care workers to hold largest union vote in state history Home health care workers in Minnesota are moving ahead with a union election, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that similar workers don't have to pay any union dues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/08/home-health-care-worker-union-vote?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:20:52 -0500 Obama fires up faithful, defends economic record in Minneapolis speech President Barack Obama wrapped up a two-day trip to Minnesota Friday with a campaign-style speech, slamming congressional Republicans for standing in the way of middle class economic aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/27/obama-minneapolis-visit?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:35:27 -0500 Local government lobbying costs rise The annual Local Government Lobbying Services Report released today said the 2013 total of $8,066,489 spent on lobbying activities was a 3.3 percent increase over the amount spent in 2012. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/06/local-government-lobbying-costs-rise/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:39:34 -0500 As new office building rises, GOP drops hammer on DFL Republicans are hammering away at Democrats as state officials move forward with the construction of a new office building for the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/as-new-office-building-rises-gop-drops-hammer-on-democrats?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:22:00 -0500 Medtronic's Irish deal reopens Minnesota tax debate The governor is praising Medtronic's plan to acquire Covidien, saying it will keep jobs in the state. GOP rivals say the deal shows that state tax policy is driving away businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/gov-mark-dayton-hails-medtronic-acquisition-for-keeping-jobs-in-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:13:25 -0500 Independence Party candidates roll marijuana into their future The Independence Party of Minnesota will try to remain a major party this year, largely with young candidates who are politically inexperienced and favor legalizing marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/10/independence-party-minnesota-wants-to-legalize-marijuana?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Clinton at U of M for award, civil rights speech Humphrey School dean Eric Schwartz said the event is part of an ongoing series to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/clinton-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:35:49 -0500 Minnesota memorials set for ex-Rep. Oberstar The memorial will be Cowles Auditorium. Two other services are scheduled the following day in Duluth and Chisholm, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/oberstar-memorials?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Republicans united against Dayton, but primary looms Republicans haven't seen a competitive state primary in two decades. The impending one gives the candidates only about 10 weeks to make their case to voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/02/minnesota-republicans-united-against-dayton-but-primary-looms?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:02:58 -0500 Parties ready secretary of state picks in wide open race The Minnesota secretary of state position has taken on a much higher profile since after election recounts in 2008 and 2010. Democrats and Republicans are set to pick their candidates this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/parties-ready-secretary-of-state-picks-in-wide-open-race?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 11:11:39 -0500 Minn. axes antiquated laws, simplifies tax code Minnesota revised, reduced or eliminated 1,175 laws and regulations this year, an effort that will make state government work better, Dayton said Tuesday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/dayton-says-changes-will-streamline-government/?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 16:30:56 -0500 New grant program to help expand high speed Internet Lawmakers approved $20 million for the effort as part of a larger supplemental spending bill that they passed on the last day of the 2014 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/24/new-grant-program-to-help-expand-high-speed-internet-?refid=0 Sat, 24 May 2014 12:58:46 -0500 Craft beer tap rooms to open their doors on Sundays Craft beer tap rooms in Minnesota will now be able to open their doors on Sundays under legislation DFL Governor Mark Dayton signed into law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/24/craft-beer-tap-rooms-to-open-their-doors-on-sundays?refid=0 Sat, 24 May 2014 10:38:00 -0500 Dayton praises DFL's legislative achievements The governor, who did not use any line-item vetoes to trim the bonding or spending bills, said the progress of the past two sessions working with DFL majorities, was a sharp contrast to the previous two years, when he frequently clashed with the Republican-controlled House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/dayton-praises-dfls-legislative-achievements?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:07:53 -0500 Legislators finish their work with days to spare The long, last day was packed with final votes on several key issues, including a bonding bill, tax bill, supplemental budget bill and medical marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/17/legislators-finish-their-work-with-days-to-spare?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2014 04:46:59 -0500 Legislature wraps up work, close to adjournment Minnesota lawmakers moved closer to adjourning the 2014 legislative session on Friday with a last-minute work list that included a final Senate vote the $1.1 billion package of public construction projects the House passed about six hours earlier. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/legislature-wraps-up-work-close-to-adjournment/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 19:58:33 -0500 Senate sends construction bills to the governor The combination of borrowing and cash pays for dozens of projects, including the state Capitol renovation, civic centers in several cities around the state, and part of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline in southwestern Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/senate-sends-construction-bills-to-the-governor/?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 12:13:17 -0500 Dayton says he will sign medical marijuana compromise Minnesota is now poised to become the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana. But the compromise legislation would create the strictest law of the bunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/dayton-says-he-will-sign-medical-marijuana-compromise?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 17:21:59 -0500 Minn. Senate passes amendment on lawmaker pay By a vote of 40-25, state senators approved an amendment to a proposed constitutional amendment on legislative salaries that lawmakers have set for the for the 2016 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/13/minn-senate-lawmaker-pay?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 17:16:28 -0500 Dayton calls for stronger regulations for payday lenders Dayton said the Senate bill is much weaker and might not receive a vote. With a week left before the Legislature adjourns, the governor said Monday that the measure is a priority that he doesn't want overlooked. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/dayton-calls-for-stronger-regulations-for-payday-lenders?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 17:52:50 -0500 Medical marijuana bill backers weigh paths to Dayton's pen Gov. Mark Dayton has made it clear that he favors the more restrictive version passed by the Minnesota House last week. Dayton said Monday that he's concerned about the Senate provision on to authorize patients to vaporize marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/medical-marijuana-bill-backers-weigh-paths-to-daytons-pen?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 15:33:22 -0500 Plate looks full for lawmakers in home stretch State lawmakers have just one week left to finish their work and adjourn the 2014 session. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire, who covers the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 07:37:35 -0500 Minn. House passes medical marijuana bill acceptable to Dayton The legislation, known as the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research Act, would authorize a limited observational study of medical cannabis in liquid and pill form, but not smoking. Vaporized delivery would be allowed only with the in-person supervision of a physician. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/minn-house-passes-medical-marijuana-bill?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 17:05:55 -0500 Minn. Senate approves medical marijuana bill In a bipartisan vote, the state Senate voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for a bill that allows approved patients access to cannabis in pill and liquid form, but not smoking. The Senate measure does not have the blessing of law enforcement or DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/senate-medicalmarijuana?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. Senate passes medical marijuana bill Senators voted 48 to 18 Tuesday for the measure, which would allow qualified patients legal access to cannabis in pill and liquid form. They could vaporize cannabis, but smoking would be prohibited. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/06/minn-senate-passes-medical-marijuana-bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2014 18:32:36 -0500 Bill restricting gun possession heads to Dayton The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved a bill that would allow judges to order people served with domestic abuse protection orders to surrender their guns. The vote was 60 to 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/bill-restricting-gun-possession-heads-to-dayton-?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 18:52:03 -0500 Senate plan would fund $1.2 billion in public projects The list includes improvements to the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and a section of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline project in southwestern Minnesota. The final $126 million needed for the state Capitol renovation is part of the separate cash measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/05/senate-plan-would-fund-12--billion-in-public-projects?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 17:11:23 -0500 Minn. Senate rolls out $1.1B public works bill The Minnesota Senate now has a bonding bill proposal to compete with earlier plans from the House and Gov. Mark Dayton. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/05/state-senate-rolls-out-1-1billion-bonding-bill-proposal/?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2014 13:39:48 -0500 Minn. Senate to bypass Dayton's call for more public works spending DFL leaders have been trying unsuccessfully to persuade Republicans to back a bigger bill. They could still fall short of the GOP votes they need to pass a bonding bill, if Republicans don't like the final list of projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/public-works-spending?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 17:34:33 -0500 Dayton touts accomplishments, urges passage of bonding bill Most of Dayton's 2014 agenda is already passed or moving toward passage. One key exception is the still unresolved funding measure for public construction projects. The governor's State of the State speech was about three months late due to his recent hip surgery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/dayton-touts-accomplishments-urges-passage-of-bonding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 05:25:13 -0500 Republicans who hope to run against Dayton offer their own version of State of the State The election-year speech, which comes unusually late in the legislative session, could preview some of the themes Dayton will use as he campaigns for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/republicans-stateofstate-version?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:21:07 -0500 Legislature ensures online voter registration will continue Senators voted 41-24 today for the House version of a bill to authorize the system, which was launched by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie last fall. A judge ruled Monday that Ritchie exceeded his authority and said the original system had to shut down by midnight tonight. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:41:04 -0500 Minn. medical marijuana Senate bill advances Members of the State and Local Government Committee advanced the bill today on a divided voice vote. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/medical-marijuana-bill-moving-in-senate/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:21:47 -0500 Minnesota House backs lifeguard training standards If a city or county provides lifeguards at a beach it owns, those lifeguards would need certification in first aid and CPR. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/minnesota-house-backs-lifeguard-training-standards?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:31:29 -0500 Judge tosses out online voter registration system In response to a lawsuit, Judge John Guthman ruled today that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie lacked the statutory authority to launch the voter registration system on his own. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/judge-tosses-out-online-voter-registration-system/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:38:46 -0500 Minnesota's surplus due to dominate Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are moving closer to the conclusion of the 2014 session, but they still haven't decided how to spend the remainder of the $1.2 billion budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/28/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:01:50 -0500 Dayton willing to spend $100 million more of Minnesota's budget surplus Dayton on Thursday said he made the offer to House and Senate leaders "in the spirit of accommodation," as they work to negotiate a budget compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/dayton-willing-to-spend-millions-more-of-minn-budget-surplus?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:39:02 -0500 E-cigarette legislation delayed again Four Senate panels have already approved the bill, but it was sidetracked to the Rules Committee last month before a floor vote could take place. Now it's been sent to another committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/-e-cigarettes-delayed-again?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:34:42 -0500 State Senate passes tougher cell phone tracking standards Under the bill, law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime to track someone's cell phone. There's also a requirement for notifying people when their tracking information is collected. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/state-senate-passes-tougher-cell-phone-tracking-standards/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:36:49 -0500 Lawmakers back at the state capitol Minnesota legislators return from their spring break today with plans to pass a bonding bill, and finalize tax and spending measures. In addition, supporters of medical marijuana are still trying to get a bill passed this year. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/22/pugmire?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:55:56 -0500 Taxes on agenda as legislators wrap up session House and Senate negotiators will need to resolve the differences between two supplemental budget bills. The House version is $323 million. The Senate is at $210 million. Both bodies passed bills to reduce taxes by about $100 million, but there are differences http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/taxes-on-agenda-as-legislators-wrap-up-session?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:03:01 -0500 GOP gubernatorial hopefuls vow to block future minimum wage increases Minnesota's minimum wage will begin to climb this summer, and could keep climbing every year after that, now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill that includes automatic increases tied to inflation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/14/minimum-wage-inflationary-increases?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:16 -0500 Dayton signs minimum wage increase bill into law The law phases in the increase, setting a $9.50 minimum wage for businesses with gross sales over $500,000 in 2016. The first increase comes in August of this year when the hourly wage goes to $8.00. It goes to $9.00 in August 2015. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/dayton-signs-minimum-wage-increase/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:17:06 -0500 State Senate panel hears medical marijuana bill, delays vote The Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Committee heard testimony for and against the bill for more than two hours but delayed a vote until after lawmakers take their Easter/Passover break. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/04/state-senate-panel-hears-medical-marijuana-bill-delays-vote/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:16:30 -0500 Minnesota minimum wage rise nears approval Minnesota is on the cusp of adopting one of the nation's highest minimum wages after the Senate voted Wednesday to gradually boost it to $9.50 per hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/minnesota-minimum-wage-rise-nears-approval?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:24:57 -0500 Lawmakers OK emergency use of heroin overdose shot; Good Samaritans protected Supporters of the two-part measure refer to it as "Steve's Law." It's named after Steve Rummler of Edina, who died of a heroin overdose three years ago. A companion measure in the House is awaiting final action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/08/lawmakers-ok-emergency-use-of-heroin-overdose-shot-good-samaritans-protected?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:15:02 -0500 Deal could raise Minn. minimum wage to $9.50 The rate would be tied to inflation beginning in 2018, but the commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Industry would be able to prevent automatic inflationary increases if economic conditions warrant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/minimum-wage?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:44:11 -0500 Minimum wage headlines week ahead at Capitol Minnesota lawmakers will be busy again this week with their Easter/Passover break just ahead. But before the break, we'll see some more action on anti-bullying legislation, a supplemental spending bill, the design for a new Senate office building, the Women's Economic Security Act. It also looks like there's a deal on a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:26:17 -0500 Key House panel OKs plan for controversial Minnesota Senate building The building will have offices for all 67 Senators, including those currently housed in the Capitol and those housed in the State Office Building. Mechanical systems will be relocated to the roof. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/senate-office-building-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:24:36 -0500 Minn. House considers $323M budget plan Minnesota's Democratic-controlled House is considering a budget that spends another $323 million of the state's surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/minn-house-considers-322m-budget-plan?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:00:00 -0500 Proposals for budget surplus would boost health care, education spending House and Senate budget committees have been working on individual spending proposals that are now being rolled into larger packages. After tax cuts, lawmakers have about $600 million to work with. Another round of tax cuts is also in the works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/minnesota-legislature-spending-proposals?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:00:13 -0500 Lawmakers to keep up busy pace at Capitol It's another busy week at the Capitol as state lawmakers try to finish their work on tax and spending bills. House and Senate floor sessions are planned every day, even Saturday. The fast pace has fueled speculation about a possible early conclusion of the 2014 session. But there's still plenty of work remaining, including a bonding bill, a second tax bill and a resolution to the minimum wage impasse. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire who covers the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:34:50 -0500 Minn. Democrats to announce $975M public construction bill The House bonding plan will combine $850 million of borrowing with $125 million from the budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/31/politics/bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:34:22 -0500 No Minn. refunds for firms that paid equipment, telecom taxes set for repeal State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans clarified that point Thursday during a news conference to update his department's implementation of the tax law changes passed last Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/27/no-refunds-for-repealed-taxes?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:44:55 -0500 Parents of disabled kids push back at Dayton over medical marijuana comments parents accused Gov. Mark Dayton of standing in the way of legislation to legalize medical marijuana and of bowing to law enforcement opposition. Dayton claimed the advocates misunderstood his recent comments, and said that he still wants to find a compromise this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/26/politics/medical-marijuana-parents-criticize-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:46:46 -0500 Lots of talk but still no deal on Minn. minimum wage hike DFL leaders had said they wanted quick resolution of the minimum wage bill this session. But Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk indicated that other bills have priority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/politics/minimum-wage?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:54:51 -0500 Lawmakers move to other top priorities, after passing tax cuts State revenue officials will offer more detailed advice to tax filers today about that tax bill that Legislators passed and sent to Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/politics/capitol-update?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:38:22 -0500 Dayton signs Minnesota tax cut bill The $440 million tax cut package provides a long list of credits and deductions by lining up state and federal tax codes. It also repeals three new business sales taxes including a warehousing tax that was scheduled to start April 1. The bill also increases the state budget reserve by $150 million and sets up future increases each time there's a budget surplus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/21/politics/minnesota-tax-cut-bill?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:20:13 -0500 Vote on Minn. Senate tax bill delayed The Senate Tax Committee approved the $432 million package that repeals three business sales taxes and aligns Minnesota tax policy with federal tax policy. Lawmakers were poised for a vote of the full Senate in the afternoon, but DFL leaders did not receive the needed Republican votes to waive the rules to allow for same-day action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/politics/senate-tax-bill-delayed?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:26:05 -0500 Senate tax bill cuts less than House, Dayton's plans The tax cuts in the Senate bill come from aligning Minnesota's tax code with the federal code on various credits and deductions, changes that would benefit married couples, homeowners, college loan payers and others. It also would repeal three new business sales taxes passed last session on equipment repair, telecommunication equipment and warehousing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/senate-tax-bill?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:29:59 -0500 Caretakers of vulnerable adults need raise, advocates say Advocates are concerned that Gov. Mark Dayton's supplemental budget proposal and the budget outline that House DFL leaders released last week fall short of the $83 million that a 5 percent increase would bring this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/disability-day-rally?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:25:04 -0500 Collin Peterson to run for 13th term in U.S. House Peterson, who represents Minnesota's 7th District, which runs along the western side of the state from the Canadian border nearly to Iowa, said he has unfinished business in Washington. He said he wants two more years to oversee implementation of the new farm bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/collin-peterson-announces-re-election-bid?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:02:10 -0500 Legislative Auditor slams Minn. minority councils The audit released Friday recommends four options for change, including the restructuring or elimination of the councils on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Black Minnesotans, Chicano Latino Affairs, and Indian Affairs http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/news/minority-council-audit?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:02:23 -0500 Push for rural broadband continues without Dayton's backing Despite a $1.2 billion budget surplus and a funding request from his own task force, Dayton released a revised budget last week that had no money for broadband expansion. Dayton said he left funding out of his budget because the plan lacked details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/minnesota-rural-broadband-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:27:14 -0500 Hospitality industry campaigns against minimum wage hike Minnesota restaurant, resort and hotel owners oppose the move to a $9.50 hourly rate and automatic inflationary increases. They also want to be able to pay a lower minimum wage to employees who receive tips. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/hospitality-industry-campaigns-against-minimum-wage-hike?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:53:45 -0500 House and Senate differ on how quickly to change state taxes DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's Friday deadline for a tax cut bill is fast approaching, and lawmakers are not expected to meet it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:53:41 -0500 Gov. Dayton proposes $616 million in tax cuts for businesses, people With a $1.2 billion budget surplus to work with, the governor formally proposed repealing three new business sales taxes passed last session, including the warehousing tax scheduled to take effect on April 1. He also proposed that Minnesota tax law conform with federal tax law on breaks for married couples, working families, child care and student loans. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/03/dayton-details-his-plan-for-tax-cuts/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:15:53 -0600 Sunday liquor sales back on Legislature's agenda State Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, and Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, will hold a State Capitol news conference Thursday to unveil a bipartisan package of options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/politics/sunday-liquor-sales?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:41:17 -0600 Minimum wage bill negotiations stall at Legislature Senate Democrats agreed this week to the House position of a $9.50 hourly rate for large businesses, but they continue to oppose a provision for automatic future increases based on inflation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/05/minimum-wage-hike-negotiations?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:03:50 -0600 Dayton wants to get rid of a thousand outdated laws and procedures The list of 1,000 changes released today also includes proposals to streamline government functions. The recommendations are part of what Dayton calls the "unsession," something he has talked about for the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/dayton-unsession?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:38:56 -0600 Medical marijuana bill gets hearing tonight Law enforcement groups strongly oppose the bill, but Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, the chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, said she wants the focus of the hearing on the health issues of medical marijuana, not the law enforcement issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/politics/medical-marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:40:22 -0600 Republicans want changes to Minnesota anti-bullying bill Social conservatives and Republican legislators are wary of the bill, which gay and lesbian advocacy groups are leading the push for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/anti-bullying-bill-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:03:39 -0600 Week ahead: Will taxes and minimum wage get quick action at the capitol? State lawmakers begin the second week of the 2014 session today with a $1.2 billion budget surplus to work with. In addition, some legislative committees are set to discuss tax cuts, medical marijuana and a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/03/week-ahead-will-taxes-and-minimum-wage-get-quick-action-at-the-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:54:00 -0600 As state budget surplus swells, lawmakers divided on how to split it DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is running for a second term this year, and he wants legislators to pass tax cuts quickly. He set a March 14 deadline to help Minnesota tax filers get more deductions and exemptions, and to prevent a warehousing tax from taking effect on April 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/minnesota-budget-surplus?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:11:47 -0600 Growing economy behind state's new $1.23B surplus "The story about the Minnesota economy at the moment is that we're continuing to make solid gains," said State Economist Laura Kalambokidis after the state budget forecast was released today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/state-budget-surplus-now-1-23-billion/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 09:25:55 -0600 Bill that would cut $500M in taxes advances The fast-moving House bill would make state tax law conform to recent federal changes. It would also repeal three business sales taxes that were passed last session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/28/house-tax-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:33:17 -0600 Propane aid outpaces tax relief on Minn. Legislature's first day A propane fuel shortage this winter, combined with the relatively late start of the legislative session, prompted lawmakers to take some extra quick action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/25/politics/minnesota-legislative-session-opens?refid=0 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:55:22 -0600 Lawmakers to deal with budget surplus, minimum wage hike as session begins Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday for the start of an election-year legislative session, and much of their early attention will be on a minimum wage increase and taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/legislative-session-preview?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:48:15 -0600 Zellers giving up House seat in run for governor Zellers is one of six GOP candidates trying to unseat DFL incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton this fall. He plans to run in the August primary. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/zellers-giving-up-house-seat-in-run-for-governor/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:15:13 -0600 Medical marijuana supporters plan new tack in Minn. Supporters of Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota are considering a new approach for the 2014 session, and the potential changes are winning the backing of some law enforcement groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/20/politics/medical-marijuana-legislative-session?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:41:29 -0600 Legislators preview differences over minimum wage The issue is a leftover from last year's session, when DFL legislative leaders couldn't reach a compromise before they adjourned. The House had passed a bill to increase the hourly rate to $9.50, while the Senate passed a $7.75 measure. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/legislative-leaders-preview-differences-over-minimum-wage-taxes/?refid=0 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:04:35 -0600 As economy recovers, DFL lawmakers press to fill state budget reserve Lawmakers have been talking about the need for a healthier reserve since the November economic forecast showed the state headed for an $825 million budget surplus. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants much of the surplus used to repeal three business taxes passed last session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/minnesota-budget-reserve?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:33:14 -0600 Dayton to schools: Give kids lunch Dayton's proposal follows a report this week from Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid that showed 46 Minnesota school districts have policies to deny lunches to students who can't pay. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/dayton-to-schools-give-kids-lunch/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:04:03 -0600 Republican caucus goers pick Seifert to challenge Dayton, Ortman to take on Franken GOP officials conducted nonbinding straw polls Tuesday night during precinct caucuses. Those neighborhood meetings are the starting point for parties to endorse candidates. But this year several GOP candidates in both contests have said they plan to run in the August primary, with or without the party endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/05/party-caucuses?refid=0 Wed, 05 Feb 2014 06:45:20 -0600 House leaders debate minimum wage hike in session preview With the start of an election year legislative session just three weeks away, the leaders in the Minnesota House debated a proposed minimum wage increase and other issues at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School on Monday. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/02/house-leaders-debate-minimum-wage-hike-in-session-preview/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:44:46 -0600 Panel: State board should flex power over synthetic drugs A new legislative report is proposing an enhanced role for the state Board of Pharmacy to help combat synthetic drug problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/news/synthetic-drug-report?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:16:25 -0600 Dayton cancels Super Bowl trip to work on propane shortage Dayton was scheduled to leave Friday and meet with NFL officials. But Dayton's office announced this afternoon that he will remain in Minnesota for an emergency meeting of state's Executive Council on Friday afternoon. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/dayton-cancels-super-bowl-trip/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:55:38 -0600 Daudt ends silence, answers questions about Montana gun incident House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, declined repeated interview requests for a week and a half after revealing that he was stopped by police during a truck-buying trip to Montana in September. A disagreement with the seller resulted in Daudt's friend allegedly pulling a handgun owned by Daudt. His friend was later arrested. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/daudt-ends-silence-answers-questions-about-montana-gun-incident/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:18:32 -0600 Dayton questions Capitol's Civil War artwork Dayton also questioned the tradition of hanging portraits of former governors lining the walls inside the Capitol. So far, all the state's governors have been white males. Dayton said he doesn't see the relevance of the portraits. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/dayton-questions-capitol-artwork/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:26:41 -0600 Dayton's bonding wish list: Civic landmarks, bridges, higher ed take lead Gov. Mark Dayton released a $986 million plan for public works construction projects today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/daytons-bonding-wish-list-civic-landmarks-bridges-higher-ed-take-lead/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:36:38 -0600 Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will not seek second term Minnesota DFL Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon said Tuesday she will not seek re-election. Gov. Mark Dayton made it known months ago that he was seeking a second-term, but his 2010 running mate has not made the same commitment. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2014/01/lt-gov-prettner-solon-not-running-for-re-election/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:11:21 -0600 State starts new job creation program The Minnesota Job Creation Fund is designed to aid businesses willing to expand operations and hire new workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/10/state-starts-new-job-creation-program?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:47:00 -0600 Businesses vow to seek repeal of warehouse tax Gov. Mark Dayton, has said he wants to get rid of the taxes, if the state economic forecast still shows a sufficient budget surplus in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/08/businesses-vow-to-seek-repeal-of-warehouse-tax?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:58:44 -0600 'Ban the box' law takes effect Jan. 1 Among the new Minnesota laws that will take effect Jan. 1 is a measure the prevents private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until they've been selected for an interview or offered employment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/politics/ban-the-box-law-takes-effect-jan-1?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:40:55 -0600 Republicans sharpen criticism of MNsure DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats are big supporters of the federal health care law that allowed for the creation of MNsure. The Republicans who want to defeat them in 2014 are not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/politics/mnsure-political-fallout?refid=0 Wed, 25 Dec 2013 16:00:00 -0600 Secret trip, subsidy bring Winnipeg company's expansion to Minnesota Price Industries is a maker of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products. It plans to create 40, higher-wage engineering jobs in Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/secret-trip-subsidy-bring-winnipeg-companys-expansion-to-minnesota/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:22:57 -0600 Dayton on MNsure: 'The buck stops here' DFL Gov. Mark Dayton wouldn't say today whether he asked April Todd-Malmlov to resign earlier this week as director of Minnesota's new health insurance exchange. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/dayton-on-mnsure-problems-the-buck-stops-here/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:42:51 -0600 Dayton, lawmakers hear suggested changes to sex offender law Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders received a private briefing Tuesday on several proposed changes to Minnesota Sex Offender Program that aim to reduce the number of people detained under civil commitment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/17/politics/sex-offender-law-briefing?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:13:13 -0600 DFLer Huntley won't run again for Duluth House seat Another longtime Minnesota lawmaker is planning to step aside next year. State Rep, Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth announced today that he will not seek re-election to a 12th term in 2014. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/dfler-huntley-wont-run-again-for-duluth-house-seat/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:49:52 -0600 GOP leaders raise MNsure concerns Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate are calling on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to answer key questions about the state's new health insurance exchange. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/gop-leaders-raise-mnsure-concerns/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:27:00 -0600 Voter registration lawsuit in judge's hands A Minnesota judge said Friday he likely lacks power to invalidate voter registrations of thousands of people who signed up through a new online system, which has come under fire because of how it was created. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/voter-registration-lawsuit-in-judges-hands/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:39:13 -0600 Dayton: New Senate office building is too expensive Not only does Gov. Mark Dayton say $90 million is too much to spend for a new state Senate building, he also doesn't like the look of it on paper. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/politics/dayton-senate-building?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton now looking for bigger bonding bill Gov. Mark Dayton is now considering a $975 million measure next session for public construction projects throughout Minnesota. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/dayton-now-looking-for-bigger-bonding-bill/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:12:43 -0600 Dayton plan for tax cuts divides Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton's proposals to use a budget surplus to cut taxes and to sync state tax policy with federal law are receiving various responses from his party's tax leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/politics/dayton-tax-plans?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0600 New state economic forecast shows $1B surplus State finance officials released a new economic forecast today that shows Minnesota with a projected $1.086 billion budget surplus. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/new-state-economic-forecast-shows-1-billion-surplus/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:25:11 -0600 Ritchie, state respond to online voter registration lawsuit Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie insists that current law allows him to accept voter registrations that are submitted electronically. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/12/ritchie-state-respond-to-online-voter-registration-lawsuit/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:17:37 -0600 Minnesota trade officials to court partners in Brazil, South Korea Minnesota trade officials are trying to establish new partnerships with Brazil and South Korea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/business/trade-officials-brazil-south-korea-?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:44:32 -0600 Municipalities raising taxes despite boost from state money Many cities and counties are raising taxes, even though the state boosted their funding by a total of $120 million. Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says he will contact municipal leaders about new tools available to keep property taxes in check next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/news/municipalities-raising-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Turkey photo op gets political over food aid The annual Thanksgiving-week celebration of Minnesota's nation-leading turkey industry also highlighted concerns about the lack of action by Congress on a new farm bill. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/turkey-photo-op-gets-political-over-food-aid/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:28:12 -0600 Foes of new business taxes search for DFL leadership allies Three new state business-to-business sales taxes are scheduled to take effect on April 1, and those in the industries targeted -- storage and warehousing, business equipment repair and telecom equipment purchases -- a working overtime to find enough DFL allies to repeal the laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/politics/dfl-leaders-repeal-business-taxes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:01:00 -0600 Senate panel takes up sex offender program The chairman of a state task force on Minnesota's sex offender program told lawmakers today that a soon-to-be-released report will recommend ways to reduce the number of people locked up indefinitely by civil commitment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/18/politics/senate-panel-sex-offender-program?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:04:22 -0600 State picks 10 highway projects to share $300 million Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle announced 10 highway construction projects today that will fall under a $300 million funding measure that lawmakers passed earlier this year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/state-picks-10-highway-projects-to-share-300-million/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:47:54 -0600 Law cited to justify online voter registration passed with no controversy Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is getting support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure. But others who worked on the law disagree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/13/politics/online-voter-registration?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 State revenue officials estimate local property tax increases Despite increases in funding for schools and local governments approved during the 2013 legislative session, property taxes appear to be going up. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/state-revenue-officials-estimate-local-property-tax-increases/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:06:46 -0600 Dayton made $343K last year, tax return shows Gov. Mark Dayton's total income last year was $343,234, according to the 2012 tax return that he released today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/dayton-releases-tax-return/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:28:46 -0600 Minn. Capitol security panel revisits gun issue An advisory committee on Minnesota Capitol security is preparing recommendations that could include a new notification process for handgun permit holders who want to bring firearms into the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/news/minn-capitol-security-panel-revisits-gun-issue?refid=0 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:11:35 -0600 State lawmaker wants e-cigarette ban State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, is planning to introduce legislation next year that would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/11/state-lawmaker-wants-e-cigarette-ban/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:31:46 -0500 Minneapolis Mayor Rybak to run Generation Next Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will take over a Minnesota education advocacy group once he leaves office in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/politics/minneapolis-mayor-rybak-to-run-generation-next?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:36:41 -0500 GOP straw poll to test early strength of Dayton challengers GOP delegates will meet Saturday to vote their early preferences for governor and U.S. Senate in a non-binding straw poll. The poll is imperfect -- many past winners did not end up as the party nominee. GOP leaders, though, still see it as an important test for candidates and their messages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/politics/republican-minnesota-straw-poll-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton heading to Mayo for hip treatment The 66-year-old governor initially injured his hip back in June when he was hurrying down a flight of stairs. The procedure is designed to promote healing of the torn muscle in his left hip, according to a statement from the governor's office. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/dayton-heading-to-mayo-for-hip-treatment/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:29:06 -0500 Dayton: Legislative 'unsession' could lead to historic results in 2014 Gov. Dayton has already dubbed 2014 the "unsession," because he wants legislators to spend much of their time eliminating old, outdated state laws rather than adding new ones. He's been collecting suggestions on what to get rid of, as well as ideas for making government better, faster and simpler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/19/politics/dayton-legislative-unsession-could-lead-to-historic-results?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 GOP dogs Minn. Secretary of State on online voter registration even though he's a lame duck Republican lawmakers have been pounding Mark Ritchie for developing an online voter registration system without first obtaining legislative approval. Republicans want the Senate Subcommittee on Elections to hold a hearing to address their concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/politics/gop-dogs-minn-secretary-of-state-even-though-hes-a-lame-duck?refid=0 Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Auditor: Minn. Lawmakers, not Sec. of State, should OK online voter signup The Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department concluded that implementation through legislative action is "the more sound legal approach to this type of policy change." http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/10/legislative-auditor-house-research-weigh-in-on-online-voter-concerns/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:01:47 -0500 Lawmakers plan fight against synthetic drugs Members of the House Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs have been gathering testimony around the state in preparation for a report to the Legislature early next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/politics/lawmakers-plan-fight-against-synthetic-drugs?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:56:30 -0500 Two dozen Minn. schools reduce achievement gaps New accountability ratings released Tuesday show 17 schools will no longer carry the lowest-performing "priority school" label. Another 10 schools were removed from the so-called "focus" list of schools struggling with wide performance disparities among student racial groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/minnesota-schools-show-improvement?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:01:19 -0500 Senate committee to vote on Brodkorb deal Members of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration must OK a $30,000 payment as part of an agreement announced last week to settle Brodkorb's wrongful termination lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/senate-committee-to-vote-on-brodkorb-deal?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:39:03 -0500 Lawmakers to revisit minimum wage debate A minimum wage debate is expected to be reheated when state lawmakers return for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Democrats in the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton's office want workers to be paid more, but to pass a bill they will have to find a wage they can agree on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/politics/minimum-wage-legislature?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton shares concern over lack of MNsure outreach to African-American, Somali groups The Minneapolis Urban League and other groups have complained that they were excluded from MNsure's first $4 million round of grants aimed at enrolling people in the new system. Gov. Dayton has said they are "rightfully indignant." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/11/dayton-concerned-mnsure-outreach-african-american-somali-neglect?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:49:58 -0500 State hires a new investment chief Mansco Perry III was introduced today as the next executive director of the Minnesota State Board of Investment. Perry is currently chief investment officer at Macalester College in St. Paul. Gov. Mark Dayton, who chairs the board, recommended an annual salary for Perry of $325,000 http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/state-hires-a-new-investment-chief/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:54:18 -0500 Shutterfly breaks ground on Shakopee site California company Shutterfly broke ground on their new Shakopee facility today. The project is expected to bring 329 jobs to the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/10/shutterfly-breaks-ground-in-shakopee?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:08:08 -0500 Dayton signs $4.7M aid bill for storm-damaged regions A bill signed today by Gov. Mark Dayton provides more than $4.7 million in disaster assistance for areas of Minnesota hit by severe weather this summer, as well parts affected by a winter ice storm. The Legislature passed the bill in a special session earlier today. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/09/forty-seven-bills-introduced-in-special-session-one-expected-to-pass/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:15:00 -0500 Disaster relief (and maybe taxes) subject of special session of Legislature The Minnesota Legislature will consider financial relief for victims of severe thunderstorms that hit the state in June. Eighteen Minnesota counties were declared disaster areas, including Hennepin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/politics/minnesota-legislature-special-session-disaster-relief?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Minn. disaster assistance needs retooling,legislative auditor says Legislative Auditor James Nobles is asking Minnesota lawmakers to revisit a 2012 report that proposed improvements in the way the state provides disaster assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/03/government/minn-disaster-assistance-needs-retoolinglegislative-auditor-says?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 06:38:53 -0500 Rep. Joe Atkins wants Wisconsin gov. to stop 'exaggeration and propaganda' The DFL chair of the Minnesota House Commerce Committee wants Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to stop trying to lure companies across the border by portraying the Badger State as the better place to do business. "I think Gov. Walker is full of baloney," Rep. Joe Atkins said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/minnesota-house-panel-tries-to-counter-wisconsin-propaganda/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:53:36 -0500 Lawmaker quits Vikings stadium panel A House lawmaker is quitting the legislative panel overseeing the Vikings stadium construction over concerns about the panel's leadership structure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/norton-quits-vikings-stadium-panel?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:01:44 -0500 Court hearing held on Brodkorb document release A federal magistrate is deciding whether a former Minnesota Senate staffer's lawsuit should be dismissed because his legal team disclosed documents that were meant to remain confidential. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/court-hearing-held-on-brodkorb-document-release/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:27:27 -0500 Dayton, leaders agree on a disaster-only special session Minnesota House and Senate leaders have agreed to hold a one-day special session on Sept. 9th that will be limited to providing disaster aid to 18 counties. They will not take up any of the recent proposals to revisit tax measures passed last session. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/dayton-leaders-agree-on-a-disaster-only-special-session/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:43:00 -0500 Panel not out to ban guns at Capitol, Prettner Solon says An advisory panel studying security at the State Capitol does not aim to try to ban guns in the complex, says Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/20/politics/capitol-guns?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:10:27 -0500 Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon undecided on 2014 plans Gov. Mark Dayton has made it clear that he'll seek a second term next year, but Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon is not yet ready to make the same commitment. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/lt-gov-prettner-solon-hasnt-decided-about-2014/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:14:07 -0500 Dayton: No avoiding a special session Gov. Mark Dayton said today he doesn't see a way to provide storm damage relief to 18 counties without calling lawmakers back to St. Paul for a special session. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/dayton-special-session-workaround-wont-work/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 11:48:10 -0500 DFLer Kelliher aligns with state Republicans on tax repeal push The tax, approved by the DFL-controlled Legislature this spring, is one of three taxes on the Republican repeal list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/politics/kelliher-aligns-with-state-republicans-on-tax-repeal?refid=0 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers want disaster aid without special session Gov. Mark Dayton and the leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate agreed today that the date for a possible special session will be Sept. 9, but that was the only thing they firmed up during a private meeting. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/state-lawmakers-want-disaster-aid-without-special-session/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:48:25 -0500 Minn. personal care assistants divided by union question Personal care is a labor of love. But is it also labor that should be unionized? That's the question 12,000 care providers in various Minnesota taxpayer-supported programs may soon answer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/14/health/personal-care-attendents-unionization?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:28:44 -0500 Dayton reverses course on immediate repeal of equipment repair tax Gov. Mark Dayton says he's now willing to make room in a possible special session for repealing the new state sales tax on equipment repairs. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/08/dayton-reverses-course-on-immediate-repeal-of-equipment-repair-tax/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:43:22 -0500 Dayton pitches farmers a tax break Minnesota's sales tax now applies to business-related equipment repairs. Farmers have complained loudly about the tax, and Dayton said he wants to see it repealed during the 2014 session, calling it bad policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/08/politics/dayton-pitches-farmers-a-tax-break?refid=0 Thu, 08 Aug 2013 07:05:36 -0500 Even with funding increase, some school districts to ask voters for more When the Legislature passed a $485 million increase in school spending over the next two years, DFL lawmakers described the 2013 education bill as one of the best ever. But school districts across Minnesota still plan this fall to ask local taxpayers for more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/education/district-funding-increase?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Union rebuff of auditor irks lawmakers State lawmakers are criticizing the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association for refusing to provide financial data for a study of union fair-share fees. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/union-rebuff-of-auditor-irks-lawmakers/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:22:34 -0500 Federal judge rejects two anti-unionization lawsuits A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/federal-judge-rejects-two-anti-unionization-lawsuits/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:04:55 -0500 Marijuana politics could be heating up soon in Minnesota Law enforcement groups oppose making marijuana legal. But state Rep. Carly Melin, the bill's chief sponsor in the House, said it would bring much-needed relief to some patients. There is also a Senate version of the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/marijuana-politics-could-be-heating-up-soon-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Preservation panel approves Capitol renovation plan DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and other members of the Capitol Preservation Commission gave their blessing today to the first phase of a $272 million renovation of the Capitol building. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/preservation-panel-approves-capitol-plan/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:10:02 -0500 Judge considers challenge to day care union law Warning that their freedom is at stake, Minnesota child care providers on Thursday asked a judge to stop efforts to unionize child care workers until two federal lawsuits against the state are decided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/news/judge-challenge-day-care-union-law?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:40:14 -0500 Dayton chides "extremists" in daycare union suit DFL Governor Mark Dayton is blaming "right-wing extremists" for the lawsuits being heard in federal court Thursday aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/18/politics/dayton-chides-extremists-in-daycare-union-suit?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jul 2013 06:58:50 -0500 Dayton questions Zimmerman's claim of self-defense Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes George Zimmerman went way beyond what the situation called for when he shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/politics/dayton-questions-zimmermans-self-defense-claim?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:01:54 -0500 Winkler: State subsidies should help jobless A DFL lawmaker says he thinks all future economic development subsidies provided by the state should come with strict requirements for training and hiring people who are currently unemployed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/politics/winkler-state-subsidies?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:42:38 -0500 State tax revenues up $463 million A new economic report out today shows Minnesota tax collections exceeded expectations by $463 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/state-tax-revenues-up-463-million/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:40:35 -0500 Voter ID debate could resurface with task force study A photo identification requirement to vote in Minnesota is a contentious issue that could again surface as a newly-formed state task force launches a study of electronic poll book technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/09/politics/voter-id-task-force-study?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:50:00 -0500 Income, cigarette taxes among new laws effective today July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the state of Minnesota, and that means the budget decisions state lawmakers made during the 2013 session take effect. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/07/new-tax-and-spending-laws-kick-in-today/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 06:09:17 -0500 PAC to back 15 Minn. legislators who supported same-sex marriage Some of the state legislators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota this year will receive some extra help in their re-election campaigns -- whether they want it or not. Officials with a recently formed political action committee are raising money on behalf of the DFL and Republican lawmakers that they have named "The Minnesota 15." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/29/politics/same-sex-marriage-pac-money?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 GOP warehousing tax foes want repeal Several Republican state lawmakers are asking DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to convene a special session to revisit a sales tax on warehousing services that was signed into law last month. http://blogs.mprnews.org/capitol-view/2013/06/gop-foes-of-warehouse-tax-want-special-session-repeal/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:05:03 -0500 State Sen. Thompson enters GOP race for governor State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, launched his candidacy for governor today and said he will continue his push to make union membership and union dues voluntary for all workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/26/state-sen-thompson-enters-gop-race-for-governor?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Legislative panel eyes tax subsidy value Rep. Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, the chair of the Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs, said he wants to know if companies getting public tax dollars are actually delivering new jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/politics/legislative-panel-eyes-tax-subsidy-value?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:34:56 -0500 Minn. mayors praise boost in state funding Several Minnesota mayors are praising the boost in state funding that's coming their way after several years of budget austerity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/politics/mayors-state-funding?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:14:42 -0500 Amazon calls new tax 'unconstitutional,' cuts ties with Minnesota affiliates Online retailing giant Amazon.com is cutting ties with its small business partners in Minnesota, due to a new state sales tax requirement that kicks in at the end of the month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/business/amazon-state-tax?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:02:32 -0500 DFL lawmakers hint that some sales tax increases may go away Some Minnesota businesses affected by a new sales tax expansion are complaining loudly about the recently passed law, and they want to see parts of it repealed next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/18/news/dfl-tax-increases?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Jewish group seeks Karkoc investigation The head of the the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas said his organization is appalled by reports that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led unit in Word War II has lived in Minneapolis for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/minnesota-nazi-jcrc-reaction?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:25:00 -0500 GOP lawmaker stopped provision that would have told felons they couldn't vote A new state law is intended to keep ineligible felons from voting, which was a concern voter ID advocates often raised. But in the closing days of the legislative session, lawmakers jettisoned a key tool designed to achieve that goal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/10/politics/felon-voting-law?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:03:44 -0500 DNR offers free admission to parks Saturday The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is encouraging family outdoor activities Saturday by offering free admission to state parks and recreation areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/08/regional/free-admission-at-state-parks?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:11:17 -0500 2nd lawsuit filed on child care union law A second group of Minnesota child care providers has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new law that allows for a union representation election among eligible providers. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/06/second_lawsuit.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 14:16:10 -0500 Dayton says tax cuts may be coming DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is defending Minnesota's recent income tax increase on top earners as lawmakers in neighboring Wisconsin consider a plan to cut income taxes. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/06/dayton_looking.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:48:37 -0500 Secretary of State Ritchie won't run again in 2014 Minnesota's top election official is stepping down at the end of his current term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/politics/ritchie-retirement?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:39:17 -0500 Independence Party meets for convention Independence Party delegates were gathering Saturday in St. Cloud for a state convention that will include decisions about the party's constitution, platform and leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/01/politics/independence-party-meets-for-convention?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:08:58 -0500 Independence Party platform could support marijuana legalization The Independence Party of Minnesota could soon be amending its platform to include support for legalized marijuana. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/politics/independence-party-marijuana-legalization?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 18:18:42 -0500 Mike McFadden steps up against Sen. Franken Minnesota business executive Mike McFadden announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He is the first GOP candidate to announce he will try to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/politics/mike-mcfadden?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 06:54:00 -0500 Minn. businessman launches US Senate bid A Minnesota business executive announced today that he'll be a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/mcfadden_launch.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 29 May 2013 13:01:21 -0500 Dayton vetoes projects from MN Legacy bill Gov. Mark Dayton has line-item vetoed two provisions from a bill that distributes sales-tax money by way of state grants for the outdoors, parks and trails and arts and cultural programs. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/dayton_strikes.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 12:22:33 -0500 Dayton signs bill funding all-day K, early childhood education Gov. Mark Dayton signed an education budget bill Wednesday that boosts funding for public schools over the next two years, funds all-day kindergarten statewide for the first time and retools high school testing requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/22/politics/all-day-kindergarten-early-childhood-education-bill-signing?refid=0 Wed, 22 May 2013 15:29:02 -0500 Budget in hand, Legislature adjourns The last votes included the Senate's passage of a massive tax bill, and House approval of a measure to finance state government operations. Both votes were delayed most of the final day by negotiations on a new, smaller bonding bill that covers repairs on the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/budget-in-hand-legislature-adjourns?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 06:04:36 -0500 Minn. House finally passes daycare union bill The House concluded a debate that stretched over a couple of days over the unionization of two groups of government-subsidized workers. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/house_passes_un.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 14:55:25 -0500 Minn. House defeats construction projects bill Republicans in the Minnesota House have blocked an $800 million package of public construction projects from moving forward this year, including the next phase of renovation work on the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/politics/minn-house-defeats-construction-projects-bill?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 15:23:47 -0500 With clock ticking, big differences remain in Capitol budget bills Significant differences remain in the tax bill, and DFL leaders appear willing to throw in the towel on a minimum wage increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/politics/capitol-differences-session-end?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 15:39:39 -0500 Marathon debate could set tone for final days at Capitol A 17-hour debate in the Minnesota Senate over the unionization of child care providers and personal care assistants could be just a taste of things to come in the closing days of the legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/politics/marathon-debate-session-end?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 15:03:24 -0500 MN Senate passes daycare unionization bill The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill allowing the unionization of home child-care workers in Minnesota after an all-night debate that saw Republicans trying to block the bill. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/state_senate_pa_2.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 11:10:36 -0500 Heavy lifting on budget still needed at Capitol With the same-sex marriage bill now passed and signed into law, state lawmakers are again turning their attention to passing a state budget before next Monday's scheduled session adjournment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/politics/budget-state-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 17:20:52 -0500 Budget deal shapes week ahead at the Capitol State lawmakers are heading into the final week of the 2013 legislative session with a pivotal Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage, and a framework for balancing the budget and ending the session on time. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 08:41:54 -0500 Dayton, DFL leaders agree on budget targets Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats have reached a budget deal that includes income tax increases on wealthier Minnesotans and a cigarette tax increase, and aims to provide property tax relief. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/dayton_dfl_lead_1.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 12 May 2013 15:43:22 -0500 Minn. Senate passes minimum wage increase A minimum wage increase is another step closer to being passed, but the hourly rate has not been decided on yet by legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/politics/senate-minimum-wage-increase?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 20:18:33 -0500 Same-sex marriage bill clears Minn. House committee The second-to-last week of Minnesota's legislative session started Monday with attention growing around the definition of marriage, as the bill to open it up to same-sex couples headed into what could be a pivotal week at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/politics/same-sex-marriage-bill?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 07:00:03 -0500 Unionization bill fails in tied commitee vote Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of workers failed on a tie vote Monday in a Minnesota Senate committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/05/mn_senate_panel.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 18:02:58 -0500 Budget talks to highlight the Capitol agenda With just two weeks left in the legislative session, conference-committee negotiations will heat up on several key budget bills. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with one of Minnesota Public Radio's Capitol reporters, Tim Pugmire, about the week ahead for state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 08:54:22 -0500 Minn. House passes minimum wage bill The Minnesota House is taking up a bill Friday that would increase the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2015, and provide for automatic inflationary increases in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/03/politics/house-minimum-wage-bill?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:15 -0500 Daycare unionization bill heads to Minn. House floor Legislation to allow for the unionization of in-home child care providers and personal care assistants cleared its final Minnesota House committee Thursday night, and is headed for a floor vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/politics/daycare-unionization-bill-heads-to-mn-house-floor?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 08:40:50 -0500 Minnesota House rejects bid to lift ban on Sunday alcohol sales Minnesota lawmakers made it clear Wednesday that they prefer keeping a ban on Sunday liquor store sales in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/politics/house-ban-sunday-alcohol-sales?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:38:52 -0500 Dayton names directors of MNSure exchange Gov. Mark Dayton has announced the members of the board of directors for the state's health insurance exchange program, called MNSure, which will help the uninsured and others obtain coverage under federal health care changes. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/04/dayton_appoints_6.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:04:44 -0500 Minn. House votes this week on minimum wage bill The Minnesota House is expected to vote later this week on legislation that would increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 by 2015, the first boost since 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/politics/minimum-wage-bill-house-panel-vote?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:39:09 -0500 Senate to tackle taxes and minimum wage The Minnesota Senate votes today on a tax bill that would erase a projected $627 million budget deficit and pay for spending increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/politics/week-at-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:42:40 -0500 Minimum wage hike gets committee hearing Members of the House Ways and Means Committee will take up the bill Monday, along with a DFL amendment to raise the top minimum wage rate to $9.50 per hour for large companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/29/politics/minimum-wage-boost-gets-committee-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:32:58 -0500 Minn. Senate passes funding for all-day K The State Senate passed a two-year, $15.7 billion education finance bill Thursday on a 35 to 28 vote that includes full funding for all-day kindergarten in every district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/k12-funding-passes?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:15:50 -0500 Bonding bill's prospects take a hit in Minn. Senate Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/politics/bonding-bill-prospects-capitol-renovation?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:30:12 -0500 Minn. House to vote on tax hike bill Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/24/politics/house-tax-bill?refid=0 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:25:36 -0500 Minnesota House passes education budget The Minnesota House has passed a $15.7 billion funding package for K-12 education that for the first time provides money for every school district to offer all-day, every day kindergarten. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/politics/house-vote-education-budget?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:36:37 -0500 Republicans: DFL majorities at Capitol enlarging government A $15.7 billion funding package for public schools is under fire from Republican lawmakers, who say the measure up for a vote Tuesday in the Minnesota House would enlarge state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/23/politics/republicans-dfl-big-government?refid=0 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 House GOP protest late addition to tax bill House Republicans walked out of a committee meeting Friday to protest the late addition of a policy provision that Democrats made to the omnibus tax bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/politics/house-gop-protest-late-addition-to-tax-bill?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:57:16 -0500 Same-sex marriage supporters rally at Capitol Hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters are swarming the Capitol in hopes of winning over lawmakers whose support they need if the bill comes up for a vote later this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/politics/samesex-marriage-supporters-rally-?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:47:12 -0500 Legislative pay raise passes narrowly, but easily A bill that narrowly passed the Minnesota Senate Tuesday funds state government agencies but also includes pay raises for legislators, the governor and other top officials beginning in 2015. Most lawmakers agree that those salaries are too low, but many aren't willing to support an increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/politics/legislative-pay-raise-passes-narrowly?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Budget votes to be front-and-center at the state capitol The Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start voting on budget bills this week. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:54:00 -0500 Lawmakers to vote on economy, jobs bill The Minnesota House is set to vote Monday on a funding package for economic development programs, foreign trade offices and job training. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/politics/jobs-economy-bill?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 06:32:18 -0500 Senate Dems take up tax on clothing, personal services Mark Dayton may have dropped the idea, but Democrats in the Minnesota Senate will push for an expansion of the state sales tax to clothing and many personal services, while also lowering the tax rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/politics/senate-dems-clothing-personal-services-tax?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MN biz groups launch anti-tax campaign Minnesota business leaders are pushing back against the tax and spending proposals from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic legislative majorities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/mn-business-groups-launch-antitax-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:38:51 -0500 DFLers say their education plan will close the achievement gap Minnesota House Democrats propose an ambitious agenda to improve public education by raising taxes and increasing funding for schools by $550 million. DFL leaders claim that within 14 years the plan will close the racial and economic achievement gaps. A House committee will hear the omnibus budget bill Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/politics/dfl-education-plan-achievement-gap?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:21:00 -0500 Lawmaker pay raise in Minn. budget bill Minnesota lawmakers would get their first pay boosts since the late 1990s under a budget proposal rolled out Tuesday in the Senate that also includes salary increases for the governor and top agency leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/politics/lawmaker-pay-raise-bill?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:11:02 -0500 House DFL's bonding plan similar to Dayton's Democrats in the Minnesota House have released their own list of proposed public construction projects, a day after DFL Gov. Mark Dayton outlined his bonding priorities. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/04/house_dfl_relea.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:22:13 -0500 State Capitol repairs top Dayton's bonding proposal Gov. Mark Dayton released a $750 million list of proposed construction projects today that he estimates will create 21,000 jobs throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/politics/dayton-bonding?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:24:37 -0500 Flurry of budget work to hit Capitol With six weeks left in the legislative session, state lawmakers are ramping up their budget work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/politics/capitol-preview?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:00:57 -0500 Some lawmakers push civil unions as alternative to same-sex marriage A Republican state lawmaker is pushing for civil unions in Minnesota as an alternative to same-sex marriage legislation. Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing announced his proposal Wednesday and described it as a way to end the political debate over a divisive social issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/politics/civil-unions-versus-same-sex-marriage?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:13:56 -0500 Minn. Republican to push civil unions bill A Republican state lawmaker will announce a bipartisan legislation today to establish civil unions in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/04/civil_union_bil.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:10:08 -0500 House Dems detail property tax relief plan Minnesota House Democrats today announced the details of their $250 million property tax relief proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/politics/house-democrats-property-tax-relief-plan?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:59:57 -0500 Dayton: Criticism of stadium financing plan is premature The ensuing judgment over the less-than-expected gambling revenue needed to fund the state's share of a new NFL stadium is premature and politically motivated, Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/politics/dayton-critics-of-stadium-financing-plan-are-premature-in-judgement?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:19:16 -0500 Unionization bill faces rocky road at Capitol Legislation allowing for the unionization of two groups of state-subsidized workers -- childcare providers and personal care assistants -- is taking a slow and sometimes bumpy journey this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/politics/unionization-bill-faces-rocky-road?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:34:07 -0500 Minimum wage bill concerns restaurateurs Restaurant owners are raising new concerns about proposed legislation to increase the state's minimum wage without accounting for tip income. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/03/restaurant_grou.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:47:24 -0500 DFL House leaders push for all-day kindergarten DFL leaders in the Minnesota House spent the first day of their spring break making a case for all-day kindergarten and the tax increases needed to pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/dfl-all-day-kindergarten?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:08:39 -0500 Lawmakers to hear from constituents back in districts It will be a quiet week at the State Capitol, as the legislature takes its traditional Easter/Passover break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/politics/lawmakers-constituents?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:09:46 -0500 On break, lawmakers bring budget talks home State lawmakers will be back in their home districts this week, talking to constituents about the budget during their Easter/Passover break. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/on-break-lawmakers-bring-budget-talks-home?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:11:54 -0500 Senate DFL budget focus: education and property taxes Another piece of the state budget puzzle fell into place Wednesday as Democrats in the Minnesota Senate released their framework for erasing a projected $627 million deficit while also increasing overall spending by $1.4 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/politics/senate-dfl-budget-proposal?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Dayton slams NRA's 'bogus' gun arguments DFL Gov. Mark Dayton leveled some sharp criticism Tuesday against the National Rifle Association and its opposition to universal background checks on gun purchases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/dayton-nra?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:00:16 -0500 Dayton: No regrets about opposing Iraq War On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday that his vote against the war as a U.S. senator looks proper to him in hindsight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/politics/dayton-has-no-regrets-about-opposing-iraq-war?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:45:13 -0500 Frac sand mining tax bill gets cold reception in committee Legislation to impose new taxes on silica sand mining in Minnesota got a rough reception Tuesday in a House committee hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/environment/sand-mining-tax-bill?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Dayton to pitch budget plan on state tour DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll be traveling throughout the state in the coming weeks to let Minnesotans know that he has a sound proposal for the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/politics/dayton-budget-tour?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:26:35 -0500 House and Senate to set budget targets Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate will release an outline of their plans for a state budget this week. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire about the week ahead for state lawmakers http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:10:45 -0500 House Dems push change to state election law Democrats in the Minnesota House are advancing changes to state election law that have some bipartisan support, but also differ sharply from a Senate plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/14/politics/house-dems-pushing-changes-to-state-election-law?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:10:31 -0500 Senate Republicans try to block same-sex marriage bill The day after legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota cleared two committees, Senate Republicans tried to derail the measure with some parliamentary maneuvering. They failed to stop the bill's progress, but managed to get some reluctant rural Democrats to vote on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/senate-republicans-try-to-block-samesex-marriage-bill?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:11:58 -0500 Same-sex marriage bill headed to full House, Senate Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has survived two committees on party-line votes, and bills are now headed to the full House and Senate. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-bill-house-senate?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. Senate panel approves same-sex marriage bill Legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota has received its first favorable vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/12/politics/same-sex-marriage-hearings?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:19:20 -0500 Critics of Dayton's budget turn to income tax increase Backing off a proposal to expand the state sales tax, Gov. Mark Dayton will now likely rely on an income tax increase on top earners to erase a projected deficit and following through on his pledge to boost education funding. For six weeks, Republicans have blasted Dayton over the sales tax and are now shifting criticism to the income tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/politics/critics-dayton-income-tax-increase?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:51:58 -0500 Bakk: Sales tax expansion still in the mix The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate says he thinks the state sales tax can still be expanded to some business transactions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/politics/tom-bakk-sales-tax-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:15:29 -0500 Same-sex marriage bills face key votes The House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee are both scheduled to take up the bill on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/11/samesex-marriage-bills-face-key-votes?refid=0 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:48:20 -0500 Opponents of same-sex marriage legislation rally at Capitol Opponents of legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota gathered Thursday for a rally at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/politics/opponents-same-sex-marriage-legislation-rally?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:00:36 -0600 School funding bill advances in Legislature Property-poor school districts and those districts without a voter-approved operating levy would get some funding help under legislation advanced Tuesday by a Minnesota Senate panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/politics/education-funding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 11:50:05 -0600 Dayton: Revised budget coming next week DFL Gov. Mark Dayton hinted strongly Tuesday that he plans to ease up on his plan to tax transactions between businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/dayton-revised-budget-coming-next-week?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:28:26 -0600 Dayton says $9 minimum wage 'good target' DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he would be comfortable with increasing the state's minimum wage to $9.00 or $9.50 an hour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/politics/dayton-minimum-wage?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:24:07 -0600 DFL bill easing absentee, early voting introduced at Capitol On the heels of a failed Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would have required Minnesotans to present photo identification at the polls, Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation designed to make voting easier through early voting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/05/politics/democrats-suggest-big-changes-election-system?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:00:00 -0600 Health insurance exchange legislation no longer has bipartisan support The Minnesota House and Senate are set to vote this week on legislation that creates a state health insurance exchange. But what was once touted as a bipartisan effort to help consumers shop for health coverage appears now to have little if any support from Republicans. Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wuzrer about the week ahead at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/pugmire_debrief?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:52:30 -0600 Minn. health insurance exchange vote today The bill was heard by nine separate committees on its way to the House floor, but Republicans complained that Democrats stopped all GOP attempts to make meaningful improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/health-insurance-exchange-vote?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:09:33 -0600 Minn. House panel considers boosting business fund A Minnesota House committee will hold a hearing next week on a bill to boost the funding for a key state economic development program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/politics/house-hearing-minn-investment-fund?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:31:41 -0600 Minnesota budget forecast shows smaller deficit The February economic forecast shows a $463 million improvement from November, when the projected deficit for the next biennium was at $1.1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/minnesota-budget-forecast-shows-smaller-deficit?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:16:23 -0600 Same-sex marriage bill unveiled at Capitol The push to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota got underway Wednesday when two DFL legislators unveiled a bill that would strike down the prohibition currently in state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/politics/same-sex-marriage-bill-debuting-at-capitol?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:00:47 -0600 Dayton tax overhaul gets committee hearing The DFL governor is proposing sweeping changes to income, sales and property taxes that have already triggered complaints from a wide range of interest groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/dayton-tax-overhaul-gets-committee-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:47:42 -0600 DFLers revive child care unionization effort Government-subsidized child care providers have renewed their effort to form a union, and this time they're asking labor-friendly Democrats to write it in state law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/politics/dflers-revive-child-care-unionization?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:46:47 -0600 Budget forecast has potential to change Capitol politics MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tim Pugmire, one of Minnesota Public Radio News' Capitol reporters, about the week ahead for state lawmakers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:08:40 -0600 Lawmakers seek alternatives to some of Dayton's tax ideas Reaction to Dayton's proposed re-tooling of sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes has been mostly lukewarm, even among his fellow Democrats. Some are already looking at possible options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/politics/dayton-budget-plan-c?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:37:37 -0600 Lawmakers take first look at Dayton's school funding plan State lawmakers have begun scrutinizing DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's spending plan for public education, which was the first piece of his budget proposal to be introduced in bill form. During a House committee hearing Tuesday, the chief sponsor of the bill mostly praised the governor's approach. But he also said he has some disagreements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/politics/lawmakers-dayton-school-funding-plan?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:28:19 -0600 Dayton tax bill introduced at Legislature The DFL tax committee chairs in both chambers are the chief sponsors, even though neither has endorsed the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/politics/dayton-taxbill?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Senate settles another Brodkorb legal bill A Minnesota Senate panel has approved the payment of another legal bill related to the firing of Republican staffer Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/brodkorb-legal-bills?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:23:00 -0600 Big crowds expected for gun hearings this week Reporter Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/pugmire_debrief?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:50:11 -0600 Minn. gun debate moves to state Senate Advocates on both sides of the gun debate will gather at the State Capitol this week when the Minnesota Senate holds a series of hearings on proposed legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/politics/gun-debate-moves-to-state-senate?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:41:48 -0600 Same-sex marriage debate returns to Capitol The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota takes center stage today at the State Capitol when supporters gather for a St. Valentine's Day rally aimed at highlighting their cause. Lawmakers are preparing for the anticipated debate, even though actual legislation has not yet been introduced. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/14/politics/same-sex-marriage-debate-capitol?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Marriage and taxes to make headlines this the week at the Capitol The effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota picks up this week when supporters gather for a Valentine's Day rally at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/politics/capitol-debrief?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:28:39 -0600 Legislators eager to parse Minn. budget bills DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/10/politics/legislators-await-dayton-budget-bills?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. legislators still divided on gun control after hearings After three days of hearings this week at the state Capitol, legislators remain divided on the issue of gun control with some believing compromise and consensus can be reached, while others believe the debate to be a distraction from important budget work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/politics/minn-legislature-gun-control?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:35:44 -0600 State of the State: Dayton defends budget plan, supports same-sex marriage DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his third State of the State address to make an expected defense of his budget proposal and make a declaration of his support for legalizing same-sex marriage, but stopped just short of calling for such a bill this session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/politics/dayton-state-of-state?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:05:00 -0600 Lawmakers promise to improve Minnesota's mental health system With a broader debate about violence prevention underway across the nation, state lawmakers today introduced nearly a dozen bills aimed at strengthening the public mental health system for children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/politics/legislators-mental-health-system?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:18:26 -0600 Gun limits for felons proposed in Minn. Legislation announced Thursday at the State Capitol would help county prosecutors keep guns out of the hands of convicted violent felons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/politics/gun-restrictions-introduced-in-minnesota-legislature?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:08:44 -0600 Dayton proposes $86 million in spending to create jobs Gov. Mark Dayton has proposed $86.5 million in state subsidies to business over the next two years, spending he contends would create thousands of new, well-paying jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/politics/dayton-subsidies-job-creation?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Governor's budget faces first committees Minnesota Management and Budget officials will present an overview of the spending provisions in the plan Monday morning to members of the House Ways and Means Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/politics/governors-budget-committee-hearings?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 08:21:15 -0600 Legislative leaders react to Dayton tax plan Republican legislative leaders are ramping up their criticism of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's tax reform proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/26/politics/reaction-dayton-tax-plan?refid=0 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:00:10 -0600 Blackmun bust bill riles abortion foes Legislation introduced today in the Minnesota Senate would authorize a bust of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun for display inside the State Capitol. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2013/01/backmun_bust_bi.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:33:11 -0600 Dayton's budget: Key lawmakers take wait-and-see approach Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping tax and spending proposal faced a second day of scrutiny Wednesday at the State Capitol. Republicans criticized his education budget for not including money to cover $1.2 billion in delayed payments to schools. And the DFL tax chairs in the House and Senate took a wait-and-see approach to his proposed overhaul of the state tax code. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/dayton-budget-plan-questioned-by-both-parties?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:09:50 -0600 House DFL-ers say they want property tax relief This session's tax debate at the State Capitol is expected to include proposals aimed specifically at lowering property taxes. Democrats in the Minnesota House have already introduced a property tax refund measure among their early, priority bills. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his approach next week as part of a broader tax reform plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/politics/dfl-property-tax-relief?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Big boost sought for early childhood education spending Despite a projected billion-dollar state budget deficit, early childhood education advocates are pushing for a major investment in programs that help prepare disadvantaged children for school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/politics/legislators-education-spending?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:15:00 -0600 DFL priorities include higher minimum wage, education and jobs The new DFL majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate have begun introducing bills they say are aimed at improving health care, education and the state's minimum wage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/politics/legislature-first-bills?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:30:41 -0600 DFL in control as legislative session begins The Minnesota Legislature dropped the gavel Tuesday on a new session and a new order, with Democrats in full control for the first time in a generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/politics/legislature-opening-day-of-session?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 12:43:08 -0600 Consolidating power, Dems. at Capitol say budget is priority No. 1 new legislative session gets under way this week, with Democrats running the show for the first time in 25 years. That means Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, will work with a DFL-controlled House and Senate that should be more receptive to his tax and spending proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/politics/minn-legislature-dfl-in-charge?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Report may boost Minn. unionizing effort Efforts to unionize government-subsidized personal care assistants in Minnesota are getting some help from a national advocacy group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/05/politics/minn-home-care-unionize?refid=0 Sat, 05 Jan 2013 12:34:22 -0600 Minnesota Legislature preview: 10 issues to watch The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8., with DFL majorities controlling both the House and the Senate. Here are 10 issues that lawmakers will likely address in the coming months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/politics/legislature-preview-10-issues?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Legislature preview: Key players to watch The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8., with DFL majorities controlling both the House and the Senate. Here are the key players to watch as the session unfolds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/03/politics-minnesota-legislature-preview?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 School funding through property tax 'unfair,' key DFL leader says Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he thinks the current referendum system has driven up property taxes and created unequal funding for schools across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/22/education/dfl-school-funding?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 DFL, GOP seek candidates for House vacancy A pending special election in southern Minnesota has DFL and Republican party officials looking for legislative candidates. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/12/parties_seek_ca.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:42:50 -0600 Dayton plan could expand sales tax The major tax overhaul that Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider next year could include some significant changes in the state sales tax. Extending the sales tax to clothing remains an unpopular and unlikely option, but many other transactions could be taxed for the first time as a way to boost state revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/politics/sales-tax-reforms-possible?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Some Minn. lawmakers want to make Electoral College irrelevant As members of the Electoral College gathered across the nation Monday to make official the state-by-state results of this year's presidential contest, supporters of a national popular vote campaign called for a new method of deciding the presidential race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/17/politics/should-we-change-electoral-college?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:10:27 -0600 Minnesota faces $1.1 billion deficit The new analysis of state revenue and spending obligations shows the same pending shortfall that was projected last March. Minnesota Management and Budget will release the full revenue forecast at 11:45 a.m., but it seems to indicate that the state's economy is continuing to improve slightly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/politics/state-revenue-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 10:12:14 -0600 Fiscal cliff clouds Minnesota economic forecast State finance officials are set to release a new economic forecast Wednesday that will help set the stage for the coming budget discussions at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/news/state-budget-numbers-clouded-by-fiscal-cliff-uncertainty?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 07:35:00 -0600 New Minnesota economic forecast due this week The numbers will help Gov. Mark Dayton put the finishing touches on a two-year budget proposal that he'll unveil in mid-January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/politics/state-economic-forecast?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 09:33:23 -0600 Many familiar faces will be back when Legislature reconvenes A dozen former state legislators are making political comebacks with the help of voters. Some won back seats they lost just two years ago. Others have been away much longer. But they all have enough experience to help them get a quick start in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/politics/lawmaker-comebacks?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:47:18 -0600 Minn. tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFL takes reins A major overhaul of state tax policy could be in the works when the newly elected DFL Legislature arrives at the Capitol. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But a tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats in control of the House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/25/politics/dfl-taxes-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 DFLers face pent-up demand for spending requests As Democrats prepare to take control of the Minnesota Legislature, interest groups have started lining up with funding wish lists for the 2013 session. There's a pent-up demand for spending after a series of budget deficits and two years of Republicans in charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/politics/interest-groups-asking-for-more-funding-in-new-budget-session?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton blasts Vikings over stadium fee talk Gov. Mark Dayton has told the Minnesota Vikings that he is "greatly distressed" that the team is considering a plan to charge season ticket holders a fee that would help pay the team's share of a new $975 million stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/sports/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:03:15 -0600 Senate DFL elects new leaders Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have elected Sen.Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, to serve as majority leader when they officially take control in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/11/senate_dfl_elec.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:08:28 -0600 Even without photo ID, election system likely to see changes Voters defeated the Republican-backed measure but there's a big question about whether voter ID will come up again in the Legislature, which will now be under the control of DFLers who opposed it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/politics/voter-photo-id-future?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:02:05 -0600 Marriage, voter ID amendment efforts fail Minnesota voters rejected two proposed amendments to the state constitution on Election Day, turning back measures placed on the ballot by a Republican-controlled Legislature that voters also sent packing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/marriage-amendment-voter-id-lose?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:12:02 -0600 Voter ID amendment defeated The campaign to pass an amendment that once had strong support suffered a remarkable reversal in the final few weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Minnesotans reject voter ID amendment The measure was advertised as a means of protecting election integrity. Opponents said it would disenfranchise voters by the thousands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/voteriddefeated?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Voter ID race tightens up as the clock runs out Polls released over the weekend show that the voter ID constitutional amendment is now in an extremely tight race, and campaigns on both sides are working hard to make sure their supporters turn out Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/politics/voter-id-race?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:04:35 -0600 Major changes loom for Minn. election law if voter ID passes Minnesota voters will decide whether they want to use the state constitution to make significant changes in state election law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/politics/voter-id?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 What happens if amendment votes end in a tie? The two hotly contested constitutional amendment questions on the statewide ballot in November could end up being decided by razor-thin margins, but neither result would be subject to an automatic recount. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/politics/what-happens-if-amendment-votes-end-in-a-tie?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:07:00 -0500 With unchanging arguments, debaters spar over value of voter ID amendment The proposed requirement for voters to show photo identification at polls is either a common sense protection or a costly and confusing measure that's too harsh for enshrinement in the state constitution. Two of Minnesota's lawmakers publicly debated the issue Tuesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/politics/debaters-spar-over-value-of-voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 'Vote No Twice' a grass-roots push to reject amendments on ballot "Vote No Twice," an effort to urge voters to reject the constitutional amendments on the ballot next week, is a grass-roots campaign, and the groups that are organized to defeat the amendments say they have no plan to adopt a similar ad campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/27/politics/vote-no-twice?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State human rights commissioner is vocal opponent of proposed amendments Another state official is coming under fire for publicly opposing the two constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey has been traveling the state speaking out against the amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/politics/keving-lindsay-state-human-rights-commissioner-vocal-opponent-amendments?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Charges fly over military voting in Voter ID debate With less than two weeks until Election Day, a flurry of charges and countercharges flew today in the debate over the voter ID constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/politics/voter-id-flurry?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:52:59 -0500 Students concerned about voter ID College students from throughout the state gathered at the University of Minnesota today to speak out against the voter ID constitutional amendment. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/10/students_concer.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:00:00 -0500 Fine print to be determined in Legislature if voter ID passes The push for a voter ID requirement has been a deeply partisan battle, so much so that -- if a proposed constitutional amendment passes -- many of the specifics in next year's legislation could hinge on which party wins control of the House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/20/politics/voter-id-legislation?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Debate: Barnes challenges Paulsen's claim of bipartisanship DFL challenger Brian Barnes in the race for the 3rd District House seat took a rare debate opportunity today to try to gain ground against incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/politics/paulsen-barnes-debate?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:02:55 -0500 Opponents of voter ID cite problems for the elderly Opponents of a proposed voter ID amendment say the requirement would make it difficult for thousands of people to cast a ballot. They say senior citizens are among those most likely to face hurdles. Supporters of voter ID say it's just not that hard to acquire identification. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/13/politics/elderly-voter-id?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Military voting in the spotlight in photo ID campaign Military veterans have moved front and center in the debate over Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment. For voter ID supporters, veterans are a symbol to sell their message of election integrity. Opponents have turned to veterans to point out the potential problems that soldiers could face when they try to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/07/politics/military-voter-id?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 GOP senators file complaint against secretary of state Two Republican lawmakers say they think DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has gone too far in his criticism of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment, which is on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/gop-senators-file-complaint-against-secretary-of-state?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 16:15:00 -0500 Some black leaders say goal of voter ID requirement to suppress vote Many opponents of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls say it unfairly deters minorities, the elderly and students from voting, and amounts to an effort aimed at suppressing support from traditionally Democratic constituencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/politics/critics-voter-id-suppress?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Other states offer only limited guidance for Minnesota on voter ID Minnesota could become the 34th state to enact a voter identification requirement, but only the second to add it to the state constitution. Other states at best offer only a hint of what might be coming. The laws vary widely, and the details of the proposed Minnesota requirement remain unclear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/politics/states-guidance-voter-id?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Activists criticize DFL in battle against voter ID Activists are working to get voters to reject the a proposed requirement that Minnesotans show photo identification to vote, which is seen as a setback for civil rights. Some are disappointed that the Minnesota DFL Party hasn't done more to help the anti-voter ID campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/politics/voter-id?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Would voter ID amendment really prevent voter fraud? Supporters of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment claim the requirement is needed to protect the integrity of the state's election system. They contend the current system is too loose and open to fraud. But several studies have found cases of voter fraud that the ID requirement would prevent are extremely rare. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/voter-id-amendment-voter-fraud?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Religious leaders oppose voter ID About 50 Twin Cities religious leaders packed a State Capitol news conference to announce the "Faith In Democracy Campaign" on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/politics/religious-leaders-speak-out-against-voter-id-measure?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 07:40:43 -0500 Voter ID implementation costs in dispute Many government officials say if passed, the voter ID amendment will come with a multi-million dollar price tag that will ultimately fall to taxpayers. But another new report downplays the financial effect of voter ID and suggests possible long-term savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/politics/supporters-opponents-voter-id-requirement-cost-disagreement?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Public works grants to be announced Thurs. Gov. Mark Dayton says he has "mostly decided" which local construction projects will get to share the $47.5 million in bonding money from a special development fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/politics/public-works-grants-to-be-announced-thursday?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:07:42 -0500 Campaigns over voter ID amendment ramp up With the Minnesota Supreme Court's ruling on a proposed constitutional amendment calling for voters to present ID on the November ballot, groups for and against it are ramping up their campaigns to win voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/politics/campaign-over-voter-id-amendment-ramps-up?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 17:55:06 -0500 Appeals court rules disclosure law likely unconstitutional In a split decision, a federal court ruled today that a Minnesota law requiring disclosure of independent corporate political donations and spending is likely unconstitutional. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/politics/appeals-court-disclosure-law?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:59:54 -0500 Dayton slams voter ID, marriage amendments at State Fair MPR's Tom Crann hosts Gov. Mark Dayton on the Carousel Park stage at the Minnesota State Fair to answer questions from the audience about the major issues facing the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/mpr_news_presents?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:39:24 -0500 'Many years of litigation' ahead if Voter ID passes This week's Minnesota Supreme Court ruling on the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment resolved one legal challenge, but more are likely to come. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/politics/lawsuit-id-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:45:00 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court denies challenge to photo ID The court has rejected a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/politics/minnesota-supreme-court-amendment-rulings?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:06:28 -0500 Gov. Dayton signs flood relief bill Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the $167.5 million flood relief package for Duluth and other communities damaged by floods and storms. The Minnesota Legislature had approved the package just hours ago today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/regional/legislature-convenes-for-flood-relief?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:03:45 -0500 Senate's Brodkorb legal bill hits six figures Disaster relief won't be the only issue state lawmakers address Friday when they return to St. Paul for a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/23/politics/senates-brodkorb-legal-bill-hits-six-figures?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:44:08 -0500 Deal reached for $167 million in Minn. flood relief DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is calling lawmakers back to St. Paul Friday for a one-day special session to pass disaster relief for areas of the state hit hard by storms and floods this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/politics/duluth-minnesota-special-session-flood-aid?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:50:52 -0500 Twin Cities mayors say voter ID requirement expensive, restrictive The Democratic mayors of Minnesota's two largest cities are speaking out against a proposed voter identification constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/20/politics/mayors-voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:39:43 -0500 Disaster aid work continues at Capitol State lawmakers continue their preparations for a special session aimed at providing relief to storm and flood-damaged areas of the state. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/08/disaster_aid_wo.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:46:59 -0500 West metro legislative primaries a race to the right The primary is the first step in determining which party controls the Legislature next year as Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers set the state's next two-year budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/politics/minnesota-legislature-primary?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:08:51 -0500 GOP lawmakers taken aback by $190M flood proposal Republican lawmakers say they're having "sticker shock" after receiving a $190 million request for state aid to help flooded northeastern and central Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/07/politics/flood-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:26:23 -0500 Ortman faces primary challenge from right The powerful chair of the Minnesota Senate tax committee faces an unusual hurdle this summer in her bid for re-election, going up against a challenger from her own party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/politics/ortman-challenge?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:07:16 -0500 Republican lawmakers warn of health care law's tax implication Republican state lawmakers are highlighting the tax implications of the new federal health care law that they continue to oppose. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/politics/health-care-tax?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:40:30 -0500 Rep. Paulsen disputes Bachmann remarks Rep. Erik Paulsen says the recent comments made by fellow Republican Michele Bachmann about Islamic fundamentalists infiltrating high levels of U.S. government were "not appropriate" and "not accurate." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/23/politics/paulsen-bachmann?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:57:53 -0500 Minnesota Senate Republicans target Ritchie Senate Republicans are taking aim at Minnesota's chief election official, with allegations that DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has unlawfully campaigned against the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/07/senate_gop_targ.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:29:07 -0500 Minn. Supreme Court hears arguments on voter ID amendment The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the voter ID constitutional amendment will be on the statewide ballot in November or if the Legislature must try to re-write the question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/politics/voter-id-amendment-rewrite?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:02:17 -0500 ACLU leads challenge to voter ID amendment in court today The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday afternoon in a lawsuit aimed at keeping the voter ID constitutional amendment off of the statewide ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/17/politics/photo-voter-id-supreme-court-aclu?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 06:35:03 -0500 Monday deadline for local govt. grant requests Local government officials have until Monday to apply for money from a new economic development grant program that was created in this year's bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/03/politics/local-government-bonding-money?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 17:22:52 -0500 Mondale, Carlson fighting voter ID Former Democratic Vice President Walter Mondale and former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson are offering themselves as the public face of a fight against the controversial ballot question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/politics/mondale-carlson-fighting-voter-id?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:50:44 -0500 Brodkorb sex scandal costs trouble senators With taxpayers already out nearly $85,000, Minnesota senators voiced concern Wednesday about fast-growing legal bills connected to a sex scandal that toppled the GOP's majority leader and a powerful aide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/20/politics/brodkorb-sex-scandal-costs-trouble-senators?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:48:17 -0500 Democrats try to make last year's government shutdown a campaign issue As they try to regain the majority in the state House and Senate, Democrats say that another shutdown could be looming if Republicans retain control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/18/politics/shutdown-campaign-issue?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:06:38 -0500 Legislature hires outside lawyer, joins photo ID lawsuit The Minnesota Legislature will spend $18,000 on an outside attorney to defend its interests in a voter ID lawsuit. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/06/legislature_hir.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:19:05 -0500 Dayton chooses judge to head PUC Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed a new head of the the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, administrative law judge Beverly Jones Heydinger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/politics/dayton-appoints-new-puc-chair?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:45:14 -0500 Vikings stadium commission still not set Gov. Mark Dayton says his appointments to a new stadium commission are taking longer than expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/politics/stadium-commission?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:07:51 -0500 More than a dozen former legislators attempt comebacks this year In a year when about 20 percent of the Minnesota Legislature plans to retire, there are also 20 former state lawmakers working hard to get back to the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/legislator-comeback?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton: Lanning 'extremely well qualified' for stadium job DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn't made any decisions yet about appointments to a new stadium commission, but he suggested Thursday that retiring state Rep. Morrie Lanning would be "extremely well qualified." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/politics/dayton-lanning-stadium?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 16:37:06 -0500 Groups sue over Minn. voter ID amendment Opponents of Minnesota's proposed voter identification requirement have filed a lawsuit to try to keep the constitutional amendment question off of the statewide ballot in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/politics/groups-sue-over-voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 15:50:59 -0500 State Sen. Harrington calls it quits The former St. Paul police chief was elected in 2010, when the DFL lost its Senate majority for the first time in nearly four decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/state-sen-harrington-wont-seek-reelection?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2012 10:44:14 -0500 Capitol repair project hits a snag Officials might restart their search for a company to manage a Capitol renovation after only two respondents met a deadline to submit qualifications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/26/capitol-repair?refid=0 Sat, 26 May 2012 13:00:00 -0500 Memorial Day tribute to Civil War soldiers Minnesota's year-long effort to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War will include a special tribute to fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/memorial-day-commemoration?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 16:23:04 -0500 Dayton dislikes 'back-door' grant program Gov. Mark Dayton said he will meet next week with his economic development commissioner to discuss a new grant program that he is not very enthusiastic about. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/24/dayton-dislikes-backdoor-grant-program?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2012 16:17:11 -0500 Voter ID backers call for AARP boycott Some supporters of Minnesota's voter ID constitutional amendment are calling for a statewide boycott of the seniors' group AARP because of its position against the ballot question. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/voter_id_suppor_1.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 13:07:46 -0500 Some city projects are victims of Dayton's tax bill veto Gov. Dayton's veto this week of an end-of-session tax bill has caused some big headaches for several Minnesota cities. The bill included tax provisions linked to a dozen local development projects, which city officials are now scrambling to try to save. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/some-city-projects-are-victims-of-daytons-tax-bill-veto?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton defends veto of GOP-sponsored tax bill Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders are traveling throughout the state Tuesday to highlight their job-creating accomplishments during the 2012 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/15/politics/dayton-dflers-session-end-fly-around?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2012 11:52:43 -0500 Dayton vetoes another GOP tax bill DFL Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed the scaled down tax bill that Republicans passed in the closing days of the 2012 session. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/dayton_vetoes_a.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 16:15:09 -0500 As legislative session ends, campaign 2012 kicks off Unlike the last few months it was relatively quiet at the State Capitol Friday, but lawmakers were offering their competing assessments of the just-concluded 2012 Legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/politics/as-legislative-session-ends-campaign-2012-kicks-off?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 16:05:54 -0500 Dayton signs $500M bonding bill The governor had wanted more projects as a boost to Minnesota's construction industry, but he said the bill was better than nothing as he signed it today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/politics/dayton-signs-bonding-bill?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 13:49:48 -0500 Veteran Rep. Rukavina to leave Minn. House Longtime Iron Range state Rep. Tom Rukavina, DFL-Virginia, has announced he will not seek a 14th term in the Minnesota House. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/rukavina_joins.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 10:49:20 -0500 After years of wrangling, new Vikings stadium nearly a reality The state Senate has passed the bill that will finance the construction of a new $975 million Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/politics/vikings-stadium-senate?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 12:37:41 -0500 Conference committee working stadium deal behind closed doors Closed-door negotiations are underway at the State Capitol to try to resolve the differences between the House and Senate on a Vikings stadium bill. The goal is to come up with one final bill that each chamber would vote on in the next day or so. There are several key differences between the two stadium measures, and the clock is quickly running out on the 2012 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/vikings-stadium-conference-committee?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 16:52:08 -0500 Republicans scale back tax bill House and Senate Republicans have come up with a new, less-expensive tax bill that they're hoping DFL Gov. Mark Dayton will sign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/politics/republicans-scale-back-tax-bill?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 11:43:48 -0500 House approves bonding bill; Dayton intends to sign The Minnesota House completed a key task of the 2012 session today when it approved a bonding bill and sent it to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/house-passes-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 17:34:34 -0500 Senate leaders predict close stadium vote The Senate gets its turn a day after the House passed its stadium bill 73 - 58 following an 8 hour debate. "I would not be surprised if it was one vote, one way or the other," Senate Majority Leader Dave Senjem said. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/05/senate_leaders_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 11:44:17 -0500 Minn. House passes bonding bill 99-32 The bill would borrow $496 million for projects including college building upgrades, flood prevention and improvements to the Capitol. The measure is now up for debate in the State Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/house-bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 13:48:36 -0500 Today is a pivotal day at the Capitol After months of debate and years of anticipation, state lawmakers are finally poised to vote on a bill to build a new Vikings stadium. The Minnesota House is expected to hold a marathon debate on the bill today, and the conclusion of 2012 session appears to be right around the corner. But there are some other unresolved issues. Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire previews today's action with Minnesota Public Radio's Phil Picardi. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/pugmire_debrief?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 08:10:37 -0500 Dayton vetoes GOP-backed tax bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a package of business tax breaks, including a freeze on statewide property taxes for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/politics/dayton-tax-bill-veto?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 10:18:42 -0500 Movement at Capitol, as deadline nears Developments at the Capitol today signal the end of the legislative session may be in sight. GOP legislators abandoned their alternate football stadium plan and lawmakers will vote Monday on the original bill. They are also poised to vote on a $476 million bonding bill, send DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a tax bill, and then wrap up the 2012 session sometime early next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/capitol-development-deadline-nears?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 16:56:28 -0500 House passes tax bill without agreement that governor will sign Republican leaders of the House passed a bill to curb business taxes Tuesday, while also working behind the scenes on a new proposal for a Minnesota Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/01/house-passes-tax-bill?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2012 17:55:33 -0500 Capitol talks continue with little progress reported Today was the day House and Senate Republicans wanted to wrap up the 2012 legislative session, but they have yet to resolve three big issues and the session will continue for at least another day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/legislature-capitol-progress?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:32:51 -0500 Future of stadium bill, bonding bill uncertain at State Capitol Republican legislative leaders had hoped that Monday would be the last day of the 2012 Legislative session, but now they say they're no longer sure they'll meet that goal. They want to act on a tax bill and a bonding bill, but are also under pressure to vote on a new Vikings football stadium. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:09:51 -0500 Citing safety, Dayton vetoes fireworks bill Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the sale and use of more powerful backyard fireworks in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/30/fireworks-veto?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:50:00 -0500 Speaker stalls stadium vote, citing lack of House support Supporters of a Vikings stadium bill in the Minnesota House don't have enough votes to pass the legislation, Speaker Kurt Zellers said late Saturday as he put off bringing the measure up for a full vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/28/zellers-votes-not-there-for-stadium?refid=0 Sat, 28 Apr 2012 19:44:34 -0500 Minn. lawmakers pass on early fishing opener House and Senate negotiators removed the one-time, early fishing provision from the final version of the game and fish bill, which could return for a floor vote in the House as early as tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/early-fishing-opener?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 15:15:05 -0500 Little support for stadium among Minneapolis lawmakers Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say it will take strong, bipartisan support to pass a Vikings stadium bill this session &mdash; but they won't be seeing many "yes" votes from Minneapolis Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/stadium-minneapolis-delegation?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 No agreements yet on bonding, tax bills Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Zellers says a private meeting with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday morning focused on a bonding bill and tax bill, but there were no agreements reached. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/no-agreements-yet-on-bonding-tax-bills?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:02:16 -0500 Will rank and file lawmakers support the stadium? The incoming class of GOP lawmakers who promised to hold the line on spending and taxes, and also reduce the size of state government, is dealing with the big push for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/stadium-rank-file-legislators?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 MN Senate OKs hunting and fishing fee hikes The Minnesota Senate today passed a game and fish bill that would increase license fees for the first time in nearly 12 years, but it does not move up the start of this year's fishing season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/fishing-hunting-fee-hike-approved?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:41:52 -0500 Advocates want hunting, fishing fees increased Hunting and fishing advocates gathered at the State Capitol Monday to support the passage of a game and fish bill that includes license fee increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/23/advocates-want-hunting-fishing-fees-increased?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:00:54 -0500 At Capitol, NFL commissioner pushes stadium NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes there is a general commitment among Minnesota lawmakers to act this session on legislation to build a new Vikings stadium. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/04/nfl_says_time_i.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:33:29 -0500 House narrowly rejects Capitol restoration bill A $221 million plan to renovate the state Capitol building has failed by one vote in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/capitol-restoration-bill-fails?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:25:03 -0500 DFLers push for bigger bonding bill Democrats in the Minnesota House say they won't provide the votes needed to pass a bonding bill this session unless the list of construction projects grows significantly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/19/dflers-push-for-bigger-bonding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:10:01 -0500 Vulnerable Minnesotans protection bill now law Gov. Mark Dayton has signed legislation that classifies the intentional neglect of vulnerable adults or children as a felony crime rather than a misdemeanor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/intentional-neglect-adults-children-felony?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:48:27 -0500 Dayton: Negotations with GOP going south The governor said he thinks the gap between himself and Republican leaders actually widened after a series of closed-door meetings yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/dayton-gop-disagreements?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:31:23 -0500 Minn. Senate passes fireworks bill The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation to expand the types of consumer fireworks that can be sold and used throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/senate-aeriel-fireworks?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:40:38 -0500 Senate rejects attempt to raise game and fish fees A proposal to raise the license fees for hunting, fishing and trapping has run into trouble in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/senate-rejects-game-fish-fee-raise?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:15:01 -0500 Dayton, GOP hammering out tax deal DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have been holding a series of closed-door meetings Tuesday on some tax policy changes that they might be able to agree on before the end of the 2012 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/dayton-gop-hammering-out-tax-deal?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:28:23 -0500 Zeal for early MN fishing opener fades in Senate The appetite to let Minnesota's anglers hit the lakes a week earlier for the annual walleye opener seems to be fading at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/early-fishing-opener?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:28:09 -0500 Stadium, bonding will dominate this week at the Capitol State lawmakers return to the Capitol today after a week-long break, but it's still not clear how much they can accomplish in the remaining time before adjourning the session. The list of unfinished work includes a bonding bill and some proposed tax breaks for businesses. There's also an unresolved ethics complaint in the Senate and that Vikings stadium bill. Tim Pugmire is also heading back to the Capitol today, and he talks with Cathy Wurzer about the week ahead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/week_in_politics?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:44:58 -0500 Lawmakers approve bill to strengthen neglect laws The intentional neglect of vulnerable adults or children could be classified as a felony crime, under legislation sent to Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/elder-abuse-bill?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 07:27:30 -0500 Bonding bill in doubt this session State lawmakers are heading home for a week-long break with a bonding bill still unresolved for the 2012 session. With adjournment likely within the next few weeks, Republicans leaders in the House and Senate have not yet taken votes on their competing proposals for public works construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/legislature-bonding-bill-in-doubt?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:12:55 -0500 Fireworks bill changed to address concerns A Minnesota House committee has retooled a bill aimed at expanding the types of consumer fireworks that can be sold throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/fireworks-bill-changed?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:55:29 -0500 Minn. House passes voter ID bill The Minnesota House has voted to place a Republican-backed voter ID constitutional amendment on the November ballot, pending similar passage in the Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/voter-id?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 06:00:04 -0500 Fishing season heading for earlier opener The Minnesota House has approved moving up the start of this year's fishing season by one week, and the Senate may act on the issue shortly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/house-moves-up-fishing-opener?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:12:12 -0500 Final version of voter ID bill headed to House and Senate Gov. Mark Dayton said he will work against a Republican-backed constitutional amendment that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls, even though he has no power to stop it from reaching the ballot in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/voter-id-final-version?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:15:33 -0500 ACLU says nobody won its voter fraud challenge Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota say nobody won its cash reward for proof of a prosecuted voter impersonation case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/voter-fraud?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:54:35 -0500 Minn. House passes payback plan for school funding shift Republicans in the Minnesota House have again passed their plan to tap into state's rainy day fund to pay back some of the money owed to public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/school-shift-payback-house-action?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:29:40 -0500 Gov. Dayton signs environmental permitting bill Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill designed to speed up the environmental permit applications process for businesses and local governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/environmental-permits-streamlined?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:25:05 -0500 Capitol news update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Phil Picardi talks with MPR reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest news out of the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/pugmire0402?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 09:59:02 -0500 DFLers push to move up fishing opener Democrats in the House and Senate say they'll make a push this session to move up the start of the fishing season by one week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/dflers-push-to-move-up-fishing-opener?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:16:10 -0500 GOP lawmakers square off with Dayton over education bills Two education-related bills by House and Senate Republicans headed toward DFL Gov. Mark Dayton appear to be facing certain vetoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/dayton-gop-square-off?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 17:15:19 -0500 Dayton won't support teacher tenure bill Negotiations on a teacher tenure bill are expected to wrap up later today after a last ditch effort to get DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's support failed. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/dayton_wont_sup_1.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:46:09 -0500 $496M Senate GOP bonding bill on a fast track Republicans in the Minnesota Senate have proposed a $496 million bonding bill for public works projects throughout the state, and they're promising swift action on the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/28/senate-gop-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:59:05 -0500 Minn. union workers blast amendments Several hundred public employees gathering inside the State Capitol today to voice their opposition to a constitutional amendment that would make union dues voluntary. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/union_workers_b.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:40:09 -0500 Senate OKs sale of hunting, fishing licenses in shutdown The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill that would allow for the sale of hunting and fishing licenses during future state government shutdowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/shutdown-hunting-fishing-licenses?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:39:14 -0500 State Capitol repair bill heads to House floor Members of the House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure Tuesday on a divided voice vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/state-capitol-repair-bill-heads-to-house-floor?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 11:08:24 -0500 Teacher tenure bill may be unacceptable to Gov. Dayton State legislators are trying to craft a teacher tenure bill that DFL Gov. Mark Dayton would be willing to sign, but the prospects of such a compromise this session appear bleak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/teacher-tenure-bill-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:55:34 -0500 Bonding will be the focus at the Minnesota Capitol this week Bonding bills will be in the spotlight this week at the state Capitol. But the Republican proposals for construction projects are nowhere near the size that DFL Governor Mark Dayton proposed, and that could make for a bumpy road during the final month of the legislative session. Lawmakers are also still trying to work out their differences on teacher seniority, and they might have to do the same on voter ID. Tim Pugmire talks about what we can expect this week with Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/week_ahead?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:24:10 -0500 Minn. Senate ethics panel deadlocked over Michel complaint A Minnesota Senate panel met Friday to review an ethics complaint filed against Republican Sen. Geoff Michel of Edina, but it could not reach a consensus on whether to take any action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/senate-ethics-subcommittee-geoff-michel-amy-koch-michael-brodkorb?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:13:10 -0500 State shutdown services bill passes Minn. Senate The Minnesota Senate passed two bills Thursday aimed at lessening the impact of future state government shutdowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/state-shutdown-services-bill-passes-minnesota-senate?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:18:09 -0500 Budget officials knock GOP's business tax cut plan DFL Gov. Mark Dayton sent two of his commissioners to a Minnesota Senate hearing Thursday to highlight his concerns about a Republican-backed tax bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/budget-officials-gop-business-tax-proposal?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:30:57 -0500 Proposed voter ID amendment passes Minnesota House Republicans in the Minnesota House have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would require all voters to show photo identification at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/voter-id-house-debate?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Full Minn. House to take up voter ID amendment A proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photo ID is headed to the floor of the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/voter-id-amendment-to-minnesota-house-floor?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:19:52 -0500 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Pugmire about the week ahead at the state capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/19/pugmire0319?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:00:16 -0500 Minn. GOP embrace of constitutional amendments could backfire The strategy of placing multiple amendment questions on the statewide ballot comes with some potential risks, among them the possibility that voter opposition to one measure could defeat another. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/minnesota-gop-constitutional-amendments?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:32:14 -0500 House GOP approves payment to schools Republicans in the Minnesota House have passed their plan to dip into the state's rainy day fund to repay some of the money owed to public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/house-gop-approves-payment-to-schools?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State shutdown services bill heads to Senate floor Members of the Senate Finance Committee passed a bill today that would keep state parks and recreation areas open during future shutdowns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/state-shutdown-bill?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:48:55 -0500 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR's Tim Pugmire about this week's news out of the capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/pugmire0312?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:10:51 -0500 Right-to-work bill passes Minn. Senate panel A Minnesota Senate panel has approved a proposed constitutional amendment to make union membership and the payment of union dues voluntary for all workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/union-dues-ballot-question?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:28:04 -0500 Howe backpeddles on voter ID compromise State Sen. John Howe insisted that he's not trying to prevent the voter ID constitutional amendment from moving forward. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/howe_backpeddle.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:26:48 -0600 Voter ID backers say 2010 impersonation case is evidence of fraud Minnesota Majority presented documentation from a 2010 voter impersonation case on Tuesday at the State Capitol, re-igniting the debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would require voters to show ID. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/voter-id-minnesota-majority-american-civil-liberties-union?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 15:22:02 -0600 DFLer raises concerns over tax credit cost Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk is taking issue with a Republican plan to expand the state tax credit available to military veterans. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/cost_concerns_r.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 13:37:41 -0600 Senate pauses to remember Kubly The tributes continued today for state Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, who passed away Friday at age 68 after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/03/senate_pauses_t.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 13:55:41 -0600 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR political reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest in Minnesota politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/pugmire0305?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:05:41 -0600 Republicans want Twin Cities mayors to appoint school boards The House Education Reform Committee will consider a bill this week that directs mayors in each city to appoint their own seven-member board of education. They would also hire a chief executive officer, who doesn't have to be a licensed superintendent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/twin-cities-school-boards?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 07:34:45 -0600 Minn. budget forecast shows $323 million surplus Minnesota finance officials are projecting a second consecutive budget surplus. The new economic forecast released Wednesday shows a $323 million cushion for the current two-year budget cycle. But it also still shows a return to red ink looming two years down the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/state-budget-forecast?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:58:41 -0600 Voters Alliance lawsuit critical of voter eligibility monitoring Longtime foes of Secretary of State Mark Ritchie claim there are still unanswered questions about tens of thousands of people whose votes were counted in 2008 and 2010, when statewide recounts were needed to decide key races, including for the governor's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/voter-eligibility?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:05:14 -0600 Voter ID compromise could avert amendment fight A bipartisan bill to protect the integrity of Minnesota's elections would create a new voter verification system without requiring photo identification cards or changing the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/voter-id-compromise?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 06:30:00 -0600 Capitol News Update with MPR's Tim Pugmire Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR political reporter Tim Pugmire about the latest legislative news out of the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/pugmire0227?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:07:53 -0600 Minnesota budget forecast expected Wednesday State officials will release an updated projection of Minnesota's financial health on Wednesday, and lawmakers are hoping that they still have a budget surplus to work with. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/minnesota-budget-forecast?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 06:32:35 -0600 Senate passes bill that expands use of deadly force The Minnesota Senate debated legislation Thursday that would give gun owners significantly more latitude to use deadly force for self defense. The Senate is expected to pass the bill this evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/bill-deadly-force?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:46:33 -0600 Child care provider unionization effort in limbo An effort to unionize state-subsidized child care providers remains in limbo after a second court hearing Wednesday in Ramsey County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/child-care-union?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:01:12 -0600 Lawmakers study new districts with mixed reactions Reverberations from the release of new political maps are still being felt across Minnesota, and especially inside the State Capitol where lawmakers have been scrambling to figure out their new home districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/minnesota-redistricting?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Legislature pushes sex offender notification through By a vote of 127 to 1, the Minnesota House passed emergency legislation Monday to adjust the state's sex offender notification law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/sex-offender-bill?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:11:43 -0600 Redistricting maps to shake up the week at the Capitol Minnesota lawmakers are eagerly awaiting a new map of political boundaries, which is expected to be released this week. The unveiling of the re-districting plan from a court-appointed panel will likely send legislators scrambling to find out what their home districts look like and whether they'll have to face one of their own colleagues when they run for re-election. Sex offender notification and child care unionization could also get plenty of attention this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:01:53 -0600 Zellers prepares bill to close sex offender notification gap Republicans in the Minnesota House plan to take emergency action Monday to close a gap in the state's sex offender notification law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/sex-offender-zellers-emergency-bill?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:11:46 -0600 Bakk seeks inquiry of GOP campaign materials Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, is asking Republicans leaders to provide a more thorough accounting of the cost of producing campaign materials distributed during last week's precinct caucuses. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/bakk_seeks_inqu.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:06:32 -0600 House passes bill allowing performance consideration in teacher layoffs A bill that changes the way school districts handle teacher layoffs passed the Minnesota House Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/bill-education-layoffs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:58:24 -0600 White Earth tribe proposes casino for stadium A Minnesota Indian tribe is proposing a partnership with the state to build a metro area casino and help fund a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/white-earth-vikings-casino?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:33:02 -0600 Senate panel approves voter ID amendment A Minnesota Senate panel today approved a Republican-backed constitutional amendment to require citizens to show a photo identification in order to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/15/voter-id?refid=0 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:30:46 -0600 Bill would raise speed limit on 55 mph roads to 60 mph Roads currently posted with a 55 mph speed limit would be increased to 60 mph under a bill being discussed in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/bill-would-raise-speed-limit-on-55-mph-minnesota-roads-to-60-mph?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:47:11 -0600 House panel debates end to Minn. business property tax The legislation would phase out the state business property tax over 12 years, paid for through cuts to the tax credit for low-income renters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/state-business-property-tax-cut-debated?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:07:36 -0600 ACLU offers $1K for example of voter impersonation The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota contends a proposed constitutional amendment for a voter identification requirement is unnecessary, and it's using a cash reward to emphasize that point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/aclu-voter-impersonation-reward?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:35:27 -0600 Bill would require new teachers to pass basic skills exam New teachers in Minnesota would have to prove their own competency in reading, writing and math under a bill advancing though the state Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/teacher-basic-exam-bill?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:50:23 -0600 Capitol news update with MPR's Tim Pugmire DFL Gov. Mark Dayton prepares to deliver his State of the STate address this week and Republican lawmakers plan to roll out their key job proposals. A look at the latest news out of the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/pugmire0213?refid=0 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:22:17 -0600 Dayton vetoes civil lawsuit bills, blasts GOP leadership DFL Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the first bills sent to him this session on Thursday, and he used the occasion to blast Republican legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/dayton-vetoes-civil-lawsuit-bills?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:30:13 -0600 Concerns, praise over Minn.'s NCLB waiver Federal education officials are granting waivers to 10 states, including Minnesota, from the current requirements of the No Child Left behind Law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/nlcb-minnesota-waiver?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:27:56 -0600 Dayton: Minn. voters will reject marriage amendment DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is predicting that Minnesota voters will defeat a proposed same-sex marriage ban that will appear on the statewide ballot in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/dayton-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:21:30 -0600 Dayton says he needs to study up on deadly force bill DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says he doesn't yet know if he'll sign or veto a bill that would give Minnesotans more leeway in using deadly force to defend their property or dwelling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/dayton-deadly-force-bill?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 13:34:54 -0600 Bill banning executive rule-making advances in Minn. Senate A Minnesota Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure to halt executive branch rule-making for two years to try to ease the government regulatory burden on businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/09/bill-banning-executive-rule-making-advances-in-minnesota-senate?refid=0 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:59:24 -0600 Santorum scores convincing win in Minn. caucus Rick Santorum scored a convincing win in Minnesota's Republican precinct caucuses, with Ron Paul finishing second, Mitt Romney third and Newt Gingrich at the back of the pack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/minnesota-caucus-roundup?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty rips Santorum for Romney Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty is trying to give Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney a boost heading into Tuesday's precinct caucuses in Minnesota. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/pawlenty_rips_s_1.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 13:58:54 -0600 Senate prepares to defend against lawsuit from fired staffer Democrats in the Minnesota Senate are pressing Republican leaders for details about preparations for a potential lawsuit alleging the wrongful termination of staffer Michael Brodkorb. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/brodkorb-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 16:03:21 -0600 Opponents of Voter ID amendment pack Senate hearing A proposed constitutional amendment to require Minnesotans to show photo identification in order to vote is facing a rough road at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/02/voter-id-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 02 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 State House DFLers push jobs agenda Democrats in the Minnesota House say they're trying to steer the focus of the 2012 Legislative session back to jobs and the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/minnesota-house-democrats-jobs-agenda?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:39:41 -0600 Angry Dayton calls senators unfit to govern after they fire PUC nominee Gov. Mark Dayton reacted angrily to the State Senate's rejection of his nominee to chair the Public Utilities Commission, saying it showed Republicans are unfit to govern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/minnesota-senate-rejects-ellen-anderson-puc-chief?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:33:29 -0600 Minn. Senate panel OKs business property tax bill A proposed phase-out of Minnesota's business property tax has cleared its first legislative hurdle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/minnesota-senate-panel-approves-business-property-tax-bill?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:32:15 -0600 Minn. Democrats push reform of Legislature Democrats in the Minnesota House say the Republican-backed effort to improve state government this session should also include improvements in the Legislature itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/31/minnesota-democrats-push-reform-of-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:03:01 -0600 Fight over some gubernatorial appointees looms at the Capitol Pledges of bipartisan cooperation for the 2012 session could get thrown out the window today when the Minnesota Senate takes up the confirmations of four members of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Republicans appear ready to reject Ellen Anderson as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. And a contentious proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls will get attention this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:45:29 -0600 Right-to-work backers laud new think-tank report Supporters of a constitutional amendment to make union membership voluntary in Minnesota say a new report backs up the need to make the change. Opponents are gearing up for a fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/right-to-work-report?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:44:52 -0600 Cornish debuts bill to arm prosecutors in courtrooms State lawmakers will take a closer look at courtroom safety issues Thursday morning during a legislative hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/cornish-arm-prosecutors?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:40:16 -0600 House bonding plan smaller, slower than Dayton's Republican legislative leaders say this session's bonding bill won't be as big or as fast moving as DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is hoping to see. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/01/house_bonding_p.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:20:44 -0600 Legislature begins session emphasizing common goals Kicking off the 2012 legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers emphasized a bipartisan goal to get along and help boost the state economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/legislative-session-begins?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:08:32 -0600 Gov., legislators share goal to get Minnesotans back to work Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders agree that job creation will be a shared priority for the 2012 session, but disagree over the best approach &mdash; a difference of opinion that could affect how much promise the session holds for putting unemployed Minnesotans back to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/legislature-dayton-jobs?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Koch puts focus on present and future, not past Former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, says she wants the focus of the 2012 session to be the work ahead, not on her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/koch-no-re-election-bid?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:21:14 -0600 Minn. GOP 'Reform 2.0' to transform govt., business climate Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate released three dozen proposals Thursday that they say will improve the state's business climate, help failing schools and modernize government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/minn-gop-reform?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:37:35 -0600 Minn. GOP agenda: jobs, schools, government reform Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate say they're ready to improve the state's business climate, help failing schools and modernize government operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/minnesota-republicans-lay-out-2012-agenda?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:25:38 -0600 Child care unionization foes file federal lawsuit Minnesota child care providers who oppose a union organization effort are poised to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/01/child_care_unio.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:39:06 -0600 State to open new 'concierge' service to lure businesses Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday a new multi-agency initiative to help businesses expand or locate to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/dayton-minnesota-business-first-stop?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:00:37 -0600 Dayton says public works projects will create thousands of jobs Gov. Mark Dayton announced a list of public works construction projects that he claims will result in thousands of jobs, mostly in the depressed building sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/17/dayton-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:13:02 -0600 Voter photo ID legislation introduced as constitutional amendment Gov. Mark Dayton rejected a Republican-backed bill last spring to require Minnesotans to show photo identification to vote. Voter ID supporters have now introduced legislation that would bypass Dayton and allow voters to make the change through a constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton: tax credit for hiring unemployed workers, tax for online purchases Gov. Mark Dayton wants to give Minnesota businesses a $3,000 tax credit for each unemployed person they hire, and help local businesses compete by taxing online purchases from out-of-state retailers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/dayton-tax-credit?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 15:41:55 -0600 Panel advises a $241M renovation of Minn. State Capitol An advisory panel sent a report to the state Legislature Wednesday calling for a $241 million renovation of the Minnesota Capitol building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/minnesota-state-capitol-renovation?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:22:05 -0600 Elections today in Minneapolis to fill state House and Senate seats The polls in both districts are open from 7 a.m. Until 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/minneapolis-special-elections?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0600 Marty accuses Mondale of manipulation for bigger stadium subsidy DFL state Sen. John Marty of Roseville is accusing the head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission of manipulating numbers to help the Minnesota Vikings get a bigger public subsidy for a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/marty-accuses-mondale-of-manipulation-for-bigger-stadium-subsidy?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 15:52:09 -0600 MN GOP Senate leaders eye $2M in operating costs Last summer's budget agreement required both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature to reduce spending by 5 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/09/mn-gop-senate-operating-budget?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 06:48:04 -0600 Minn. Senate budget cuts could lead to staff layoffs When the new legislative session starts in a couple of weeks, state lawmakers will turn their attention to Minnesota's spending priorities. But leaders of the Minnesota Senate also must take aim at their budget, which must shrink by $2.1 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/07/minn-senate-budget-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. Republicans look for fresh faces after Bachmann, Pawlenty Unless U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann decides to run for a fourth term or seek a statewide office, the Republican Party of Minnesota faces the prospect of having few recognizable political personalities in an important election year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/fresh-faces-after-bachmann-pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:20:00 -0600 Senjem urges Senate to move forward, avoid rehash Newly-elected Senate Majority Leader David Senjem is trying to get past the political scandal that cost his predecessor her job, but the Senate's top Democrat wants some aspects played out in full public view. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/senjem-move-on?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 17:16:59 -0600 Senjem: Koch should remain in Senate Newly elected Senate Republican Majority Leader Dave Senjem says he thinks his predecessor, Amy Koch, should continue to serve in the Minnesota Senate through the end of her term. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/senjem-folo?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:16:24 -0600 Senjem elected new Senate Majority Leader The 37 members of the Minnesota Senate's Republican caucus Tuesday chose Senator David Senjem, R-Rochester, as the new Senate Majority Leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/27/senjem-senate-majority-leader?refid=0 Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:15:40 -0600 Big challenges in store for next Minn. Republican leaders Minnesota Republicans are looking for new leadership, and the challenges facing the next party chair and next Senate majority leader are as big as they've ever been. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/minnesota-gop-challenges?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:11:08 -0600 MN National Guard leaders address suicides at hearing Since 2007, 24 members of the Minnesota National Guard have taken their own lives. That's the most of any state. Officials say they're doing everything they can to try to stop it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/20/minn-national-guard-suicide-risk?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota among 9 states to win 'Race to the Top' education grant Minnesota will receive $45 million in federal education money from the competitive grant program known as Race to the Top, specifically to enhance early childhood education programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/minnesota-race-to-the-top?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:11:18 -0600 Uneven support among opponents of child-care workers unionization Opponents of a campaign to unionize in-home child-care providers have boasted that their lawsuit that stopped the union vote is backed by a broad coalition of like-minded organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/opponents-childcare-workers-unionization?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:13:25 -0600 With federal funds, Minn. weatherizes more than 18,000 homes Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu are marking a milestone in the effort to make homes more energy efficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/15/minn-weatherize-homes?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2011 15:17:35 -0600 Dayton responds to group's allegation of 'illegal' bond invesments Gov. Mark Dayton criticized a group of pro-Palestinian activists for alleging that he and other state officials are somehow breaking the law by investing in Israeli bonds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/dayton-israeli-bond-invesments?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:33:28 -0600 Anticipated office space spat could derail Capitol renovation Some state legislators are warning that an anticipated dust-up over office space could derail the latest effort to renovate the Minnesota Capitol building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/anticipated-capitol-renovation-spat?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 14:40:47 -0600 Last few Minn. Pearl Harbor vets gather to share stories Now 88 and part of a dwindling group of Pearl Harbor survivors, Richard Thill had his audience of mostly veterans and state officials hanging on his every word at Minnesota's official ceremony today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/last-few-minnesota-pearl-harbor-vets-gather-to-share-stories?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 15:51:49 -0600 Dayton mulls options after judge blocks child care union vote A Ramsey County judge on Monday halted a unionization vote by state-subsidized child care providers, just two days before the state Bureau of Mediation Services was set to send out the ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/05/judge-blocks-child-care-union-vote?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 12:30:52 -0600 State leaders temper surprising economic forecast with skepticism Many state leaders are reluctant to celebrate today's surprising economic forecast projecting of an $876 million budget surplus, &mdash; possibly because the forecast also shows a likely return to red ink in the following cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/01/reax-economic-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:11:58 -0600 Dayton under fire for 'aggressive' use of executive orders Republican legislative leaders are criticizing DFL Gov. Mark Dayton for his use of executive orders to shape state policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/dayton-executive-orders?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Conservative-backed group sues over child care union vote A group of 11 child care providers is filing a lawsuit Monday to try to stop a unionization vote next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/child-care-union-vote-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:22:52 -0600 State launches logo contest for Civil War anniversary State officials have launched a contest to find a logo that they plan to use for commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/state-launches-logo-contest-for-civil-war-anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 12:47:02 -0600 Some child care providers call for expanded union election Opponents of an effort to unionize Minnesota in-home child care providers say the vote they wanted to stop should now be expanded, to include thousands of more participants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/child-care-union-hearing?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:00:00 -0600 Minn. House GOP to push property tax relief Republicans in the Minnesota House say they plan to make a big push next year to give property tax relief to homeowners and businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/property-tax-relief?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:12:00 -0600 Human rights commissioner promises quicker investigation, resolution The Minnesota Department of Human Rights commissioner told community leaders that his new policy is to investigate every charge of discrimination filed with the agency with faster response and resolution to complaints. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/human-rights-commissioner?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Dayton pressures GOP leaders to take up stadium issue DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is turning up the heat on Republican legislative leaders to get them to take up the Vikings stadium issue soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:45:26 -0600 Advocates of gambling option for stadium seek support Supporters of the option to allow slot machines at Minnesota's horse racing tracks say they want to be part of the solution for a Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/advocates-gambling-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:33:53 -0500 Vikings, stadium officials disagree over when Dome lease expires A new disagreement has emerged between the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Minnesota Vikings over just how much time remains on the NFL team's Metrodome lease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/metrodome-lease-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 15:33:27 -0500 Lawmakers chafed at parole for man who murdered police officer Some state legislators adamantly oppose the pending parole of a man who was convicted of killing a police officer nearly 30 years ago, but officials are obligated by the laws written at the time of sentencing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/parole-granted-man-convicted-murdering-police-officer?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:10:02 -0500 Dayton: Vikings stadium 'in limbo' Gov. Mark Dayton emerged from a meeting with Republican legislative leaders this afternoon saying that his plan to propose a Vikings stadium public financing option is in limbo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/vikings-stadium-in-limbo?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 16:53:03 -0500 Dayton, Capitol leaders say no to stadium sales tax hike State leaders say the Legislature won't support an exemption for Ramsey County or Minneapolis from holding a referendum on a sales tax hike to pay for the Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/vikings-stadium-sales-tax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 14:26:41 -0500 State Capitol renovation inches closer to reality State officials moved a bit closer Tuesday to the launch of a major renovation of Minnesota Capitol building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/state-capitol-renovation-inches-closer-to-reality?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 12:38:07 -0500 Gov. appointee holds key role to shaping state economic policy An unelected, unpaid adviser is playing a key role in shaping state economic policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/gov-appointee-holds-key-role?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Developer explains benefits to using gaming for stadium The businessman proposing a Block E casino in downtown Minneapolis did not discuss the Vikings stadium project during a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/developer-benefits-gaming-stadium?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:08:56 -0500 On tour of state, GOP legislators seek ideas, affirmation State Republicans are touring the state to hear from constituents and seek affirmation for the ideas they have in mind for the 2012 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/gop-tour-ideas-affirmation?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty reflects on legacy, looks to future Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty returned to the State Capitol Monday night to reflect on his legacy, his failed presidential campaign and his search for work in the private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/pawlenty-what-comes-next?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 State senator enters southern Minn. race vs. Walz A state senator in his first full term is vying to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in Congress in a district that strips across southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/parry-walz?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 13:50:00 -0500 Prominent Republicans join effort against marriage amendment Several prominent state Republicans and GOP organizations are joining the effort against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/republicans-join-against-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2011 17:49:40 -0500 Legislature waiting on Vikings stadium environmental impact report State legislators and others are waiting for a key environmental impact report due next week on the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/viking-stadium-environmental-impact?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:23:43 -0500 Gov. Dayton, GOP Legislature point fingers for unpopular compromise Nearly three months after reaching a budget deal to erase a $5 billion deficit and end a state government shutdown, Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are blaming each other for the unpopular pieces of the agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/dayton-legislature-finger-point?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:08:16 -0500 Local govt. looks to make up shortfall after elimination of homestead credit Local government officials throughout the state are trying to explain a major change in property tax policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/local-govt-looks-to-make-up-shortfall-after-elimination-of-homestead-credit?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Some GOP lawmakers don't follow Garofalo's lead opposing school levies A key Republican state lawmaker's campaign against school district tax increases could be a tough sell among some of his own GOP colleagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/gop-lawmakers-question-garofalo-anti-school-levy-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Questions swirl around details of tobacco bond sales Questions remain about details of the tobacco bonds that Minnesota finance officials are preparing to sell as part of the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/questions-swirl-around-details-of-tobacco-bond-sales?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton says larger contribution from Vikings needed for stadium The Minnesota Vikings will have to increase their contribution if they want a new stadium, Gov. Mark Dayton said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/dayton-says-stadium-needs-larger-contribution-from-vikings?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Legislators work to restore homestead credit Responding to frustrated homeowners who are angry over the elimination of a longtime tax break, two DFL legislators say they plan to restore the market value homestead credit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/13/legislators-work-to-restore-tax-break-for-frustrated-homeowners?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 GOP lawmakers question need for school district levies Minnesota school districts seeking voter-approved tax increases this fall will face something they've never faced before: open opposition from some Republican legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/republican-lawmakers-school-levies?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 03:00:00 -0500 DFLers plan statewide meetings critical of GOP education policies Democrats in the Minnesota House are planning a series of meetings throughout the state to highlight what they see as the negative impact of Republican education K-12 education policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/dflers-plan-statewide-meetings-critical-of-gop-education-policies?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:32:28 -0500 DFL not taking state Senate special elections for granted Opinions are mixed on whether these contests in traditional DFL territory will provide any broader reading of the mood of the electorate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/special-senate-elections?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 16:37:05 -0500 Independence Party won't back U.S. Senate candidate IP Chairman Mark Jenkins says the party has decided to not recruit a 2012 Senate candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/independence-party-wont-back-senate-candidate?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 13:15:19 -0500 Zellers talks to Minnesotans at state fair Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers heard from both critics and fans Wednesday during an appearance at the Minnesota State Fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/zellers-talks-to-minnesotans-at-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:37:52 -0500 Vikings owner speaks against stadium referendum A proposed football stadium should not have to face a Ramsey County referendum, because Hennepin County didn't need one to build a baseball stadium, said the owner of the Minnesota Vikings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/vikings-owner-speaks-against-stadium-referendum?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:00:25 -0500 Dayton blasts proposed amendment for supermajority vote Gov. Mark Dayton is blasting a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a supermajority vote for future tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/dayton-blasts-proposed-amendment-for-supermajority-vote?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:39:00 -0500 Dayton says he'd support a Vikings stadium referendum The governor said the taxpayers of Ramsey County should have their "own voice" on whether to raise taxes to help pay for a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/dayton-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:24:29 -0500 Former state Rep. Krinkie considers US Senate run Former state Rep. Phill Krinkie said he's considering a run for U.S. Senate next year, because he says neither of the current Republican candidates can mount a competitive race against incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/krinkie-senate-run?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:58:29 -0500 Officials consider increasing property tax levy to make up for shortfall City officials throughout the state must decide whether to increase property taxes to balance their budgets, and the budget deal that ended a state government shutdown last month doesn't make the task any easier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/officials-consider-increasing-property-tax-levy-to-make-up-for-shortfall?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:08:29 -0500 Dayton tours state for ideas to build jobs Gov. Mark Dayton will discuss ideas for creating jobs today during a meeting with community leaders in Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/gov-tours-state-for-ideas-to-build-jobs?refid=0 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Joyce Sutphen named Minnesota Poet Laureate Gov. Mark Dayton named Joyce Sutphen of Chaska Minnesota's new poet laureate on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/state-poet-laureate?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 14:57:49 -0500 Little-known GOPer Joe Arwood joins race against Klobuchar A Republican who's not well known in state political circles is joining the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/22/race-against-klobuchar?refid=0 Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:03:36 -0500 Minn. House Republicans hint at 2012 legislative agenda Republicans in the Minnesota House say they'll push for additional state-government reforms during the 2012 Legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/18/minnesota-house-republicans-hint-at-2012-legislative-agenda?refid=0 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:49:50 -0500 Dayton asks for stadium impact study With this year's legislative work now behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton looks ready to focus on a stadium proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/dayton-vikings-stadium-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans get a voice in drawing district boundaries Minnesotans are getting a chance to voice their preference in the state political map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/minnesota-district-mapping?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:29:30 -0500 Officials examine how raising debt ceiling will affect federal dollars to state Many state officials are still waiting to learn more about the federal government's debt ceiling deal and how it will change the flow of federal money to Minnesota http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/debt-ceiling-federal-funding-state?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Report: $750K paid to Dayton's lawyers during recount Gov. Mark Dayton paid almost $750,000 to lawyers during last year's general election recount, a report shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/report-750k-paid-to-daytons-lawyers-during-recount?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 14:48:50 -0500 Shutdown end in sight? Several people tell MPR News that there is a handshake agreement on all of the budget bills. The language now has to be drafted in bill form and get final agreement from Gov. Dayton and GOP legislative leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/07/shutdown_day_19.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:48:19 -0500 GOP leaders ready four budget bills GOP leaders readied four budget bills Monday for Gov. Mark Dayton's approval, while the work on the remaining five bills continued. Dayton has said he won't call a special session until all of the bills are written and approved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/shutdown-budget-agreement-details?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:48:26 -0500 Q & A: Uncertainty still looms large at the State Capitol State lawmakers are still not ready to vote on a budget agreement that would end the 18-day-old government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/18/pugmire-talks?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:24:17 -0500 Budget work drags on at Capitol The start of an anticipated special session to end the state governor shutdown is uncertain, as budget committee chairs and commissioners continued meeting on several key spending bills. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:33:42 -0500 Budget negotiators get down to the details With a budget framework now in hand, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders went to work Friday, trying to fill in the details of a two-year spending plan that will end the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/budget-negotiations-details?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:11:06 -0500 Budget compromise reached; ends 15-day shutdown Although DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have agreed on a budget framework to end a 15-day-old state government shutdown, neither side is celebrating the deal that relies heavily on one-time money and pushes a big part of the budget problem into the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/budget-deal-reached?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Dayton finds support for budget stance in Rochester In a now 13-day old state government shutdown, Gov. Mark Dayton spent Wednesday in Rochester and Albert Lea talking to Minnesotans about the budget impasse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/dayton-shutdown-rochester?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:10:24 -0500 Dayton continues state tour, waits for GOP counteroffer Gov. Mark Dayton hits the road again today to talk about the budget impasse and a state government shutdown that is now entering its 13th day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-day13?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Religious leaders call for end to shutdown Leaders of several religious faiths gathered outside the State Capitol Tuesday to call for an end to the government shutdown, and to endorse a budget solution that includes new tax revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/shutdown-capitol-protest?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:34:10 -0500 Gov. will tour state, explain the shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton will hit the road this week to speak directly to Minnesotans about the stakes of the state government shutdown, now 11 days in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/sutdown-day-11-negotiation?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:35:15 -0500 Most state government work stopped, but partisan tweets in high gear Twenty-two thousand state employees are out of work because of the government shutdown, but communication staffers for Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders from both parties are still on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/10/shutdown-partisan-tweets?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 03:00:00 -0500 No budget talks; commission weighs in with recommendations There were no negotiations Thursday between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders aimed at ending the state government shutdown, but an independent commission weighed in with its proposed framework for a budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/shutdown-day7?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:40:39 -0500 Dayton offers new tax plan; Republicans reject it DFL Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a new proposal Wednesday aimed at breaking the budget impasse that has led to the state government shutdown -- and Republicans quickly rejected it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/shutdown-dayton-offer?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:09:11 -0500 Groups say shutdown causing job losses A coalition of labor and environmental groups called on state leaders Tuesday to end the government shutdown quickly for the sake of jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/shutdown-budget-labor-unions?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:55:46 -0500 Minn. politicians face the consequences of government shutdown Now that the wide-ranging state government shutdown is in place, state legislators should expect to face angry constituents who will demand they return to work with the governor and finish the job, say former state lawmakers who dealt with similar budget stalemates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-political-consequences?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:23:44 -0500 The political dynamics of a shutdown This shutdown is much more extensive than the partial shutdown the state saw in 2005. A court order is keeping money flowing to services deemed essential. Reporter Tim Pugmire was up late last night as budget talks broke down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/pugmire-shutdown-debrief?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:59:56 -0500 Signs of shutdown begin to appear Signs of a government shutdown are appearing, including people being asked to leave state parks, the state Capitol building being locked and highway rest stops barricaded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/shutdown-signs?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:11:17 -0500 Budget talks continue, so does vow of silence There's still no budget deal between DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders, and that means the start of a state government shutdown is now less than 16 hours away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/pugmire-budget?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:45:36 -0500 Budget talks focus on health and human services spending With just two days to negotiate an agreement with Republican lawmakers before a potential government shutdown, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders are trying to find additional cuts in health and human services spending, the fastest-growing part of state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/budget-talks-update?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:06:24 -0500 No budget agreement on fourth day of closed-door negotiations DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative met for an hour Monday afternoon, marking four consecutive days of closed-door discussions with no budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/27/shutdown-negotiations-day-four?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:22:40 -0500 Sunday state budget talks end; no progress reported DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have ended talks for the day aimed at reaching a budget agreement that would head off a state government shutdown next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/26/budget-talks-sunday?refid=0 Sun, 26 Jun 2011 15:09:05 -0500 Dayton, GOP meet today after 'productive' talks Friday Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders will spend a summer Saturday behind closed doors trying to head off a state government shutdown that would hit in less than a week if they can't agree on a budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/shutdown-negotiation-zeller?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:48:43 -0500 Dayton, GOP announce weekend meetings, little else DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they're committed to lengthy negotiations over the next two days to try to reach a budget deal and avoid a government shutdown. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/06/budget_talks_co_1.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:27:23 -0500 Judge Gearin: No ruling this week on shutdown case State officials and special interest groups appeared in court Thursday to describe which services should be deemed essential and what kind of court intervention is appropriate if the government shuts down on July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/23/shutdown-hearing?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:50:06 -0500 Dayton says GOP budget stance not responsible The governor says he doesn't want to see a state government shutdown, but he's still unwilling to accept a GOP budget with deep spending cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/dayton-gop-budget-wednesday?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:36:39 -0500 With no budget deal, GOP prepares shutdown lawsuit With just over a week before a potential state government shutdown, officials failed to meet to negotiate a budget deal, sending some lawmakers to prepare a lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/minnesota-government-budget-shutdown-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:32:53 -0500 GOP's Sen. Howe proposes expansion of state sales tax A first-term Republican legislator is proposing an expansion of the state sales tax as a way to break a budget impasse and also avoid a state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/howe-tax-plan?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:30:25 -0500 Minn. House ready to join government shutdown lawuit A Minnesota House panel approved a resolution Tuesday that allows the House to join a lawsuit to keep essential services functioning during a government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/21/shutdown-house-panel?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:35:46 -0500 Parties heat up rhetoric over looming government shutdown With 10 days left before a potential Minnesota state government shutdown, Republican legislative leaders today are calling on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to resume negotiations and make a new budget offer. GOP leaders also urged Dayton to call a special session, even though the two sides remain deeply divided on key issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/shutdown-update?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:59:51 -0500 Minn. Republicans call for new Dayton budget offer Republican legislative leaders say that they're the ones who've compromised on the budget and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/dayton-gop-special-session?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 11:31:51 -0500 Dayton calls GOP budget offer 'extremely disappointing' Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are offering to drop their proposal to cut taxes if Gov. Mark Dayton drops his proposal to raise them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/gop-budget-offer?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:08:50 -0500 Private vendors also bracing for shutdown financial woes The impending shutdown could impact tens of thousands of public sector employees, but private businesses and nonprofit organizations are also bracing for a significant financial hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/vendors-budget-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Swanson petitions for authority to continue core gov't services Attorney General Lori Swanson filed petitions in Ramsey County Court today asking for legal authority to continue funding core state government services in the event of a shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/attorney-general-lori-swanson-government-shutdown?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:30:53 -0500 Minn. Senate panel to take up ethics complaint over 'tweet' A Minnesota Senate panel takes up an ethics complaint Monday prompted by the "tweeting" of a first-term legislator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/ethics-panel?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 06:26:24 -0500 Another day with no deal moves Minn. one step closer to shutdown With only 21 days before a potential state government shutdown, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders did not meet today, instead, Republicans held another public hearing to air their frustrations with the governor and his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/budget-shutdown-dayton-gop?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:50:36 -0500 Unions launch TV ads to support budget compromise, avoid shutdown With a state government shutdown close, Minnesota's public employee unions have launched a television advertising campaign to urge Republican legislators to support a budget compromise that would keep their members working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/unions-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Republican lawmaker wants voter ID requirement to be on 2012 ballot Disappointed by DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of the bill last month, Republican Sen. Scott Newman is introducing legislation that would bypass Dayton and allow voters to make the changes through a constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/voter-id?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 16:09:41 -0500 Governor and GOP leaders to meet on the budget Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders are expected to meet privately again Monday to discuss how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit -- and also how to avoid a looming government shutdown. Dayton said he wants House and Senate leaders to show up at that meeting with a new budget number. But Republicans still appear unwilling to compromise on taxes or spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 08:35:38 -0500 More talk, little movement on budget from Dayton, GOP DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders talked again Friday about the budget, but there's still no agreement to erase a projected $5 billion deficit or avoid a looming government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/dayton-republicans-budget-talks-continue?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 16:12:08 -0500 A frosty, but civil, town hall for Rep. Keith Downey The Republican lawmaker faced a roomful of public employees who could soon be out of work if lawmakers can't reach an agreement on erasing a projected $5 billion deficit and who were already angry over his efforts to cut the state workforce by 15 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/downey-labor?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 GOP leader wants multi-level budget discussions Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, said today that she expects to schedule a meeting later this week with Gov. Mark Dayton to discuss the state budget impasse. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/gop_leader_want.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 14:24:42 -0500 Dayton vetoes four more bills passed by GOP-controlled Legislature The bills were one that would roll back restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions by energy utilities, the Game and Fish bill, a bill modifying who is eligible to be represented by a public defender and the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act, which is also known as the Cheeseburger bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/27/dayton-vetoes?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 17:06:49 -0500 Dayton extends disaster declaration for tornado zone Gov. Dayton and top state executives have approved a 30-day extension of the emergency declaration issued after Sunday's tornado in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/27/tornado-disaster-declaration-extended?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 13:07:48 -0500 Dayton vetoes GOP budget, predicts gov't shutdown Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he thinks there's a "strong likelihood" of a government shutdown after the Republican-controlled Legislature adjourned without a final budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/dayton-vetos-budget?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 12:38:29 -0500 GOP lawmakers tour state to talk budget impasse A day after the Legislature adjourned without a final budget agreement, Republicans were insisting they did their job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/gop-fly-around?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 11:59:49 -0500 Attention turns to special session as Capitol gridlock continues With only a few hours to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are plodding toward a midnight adjournment with no hope of reaching a budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/attention-turns-to-special-session-as-capitol-gridlock-continues?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 16:44:51 -0500 Special session all but certain as budget talks go nowhere With only a few hours to go in the legislative session, state lawmakers are plodding toward a midnight adjournment with no hope of reaching a budget agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/dayton-capitol-budget?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 12:54:25 -0500 Special session looking likely as deadline nears Gov. Mark Dayton held a series of meetings with GOP legislators over the weekend but there's still no deal on the state budget. The session must end by midnight Monday, and it looks like a special session is in the offing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/23/minn-state-budget-update?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2011 00:08:39 -0500 Talks pick up at Capitol, but still no budget deal in sight DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders said their private talks were cordial, but they're still no closer to a deal to erase a projected $5 billion state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/20/state-budget-friday?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 15:47:17 -0500 Dayton signs 'Hannah's law,' requires CPR training for day care providers Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation into law Thursday that requires more CPR training for child-care providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/cpr-daycare-law?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 16:12:30 -0500 Dayton, GOP still optimistic about budget fix as deadline nears With just four days left in the legislative session and no budget agreement in sight, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton met privately Thursday with Republican lawmakers to try to jump-start negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/gop-caucus-meeting-dayton?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 16:05:05 -0500 Dayton vetoes GOP-backed redistricting plan Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-backed bill to redraw the state's congressional and legislative boundaries for the next decade. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/05/dayton_vetoes_r.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 12:50:34 -0500 GOP passing bills, despite Dayton's veto threat With just five days left in the legislative session, Republicans are pushing through a series of budget bills that face certain vetoes from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/dayton-rejecting-budget-bills?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 17:08:09 -0500 Tough to see how Dayton, GOP can agree on budget Gov. Mark Dayton hosted a largely unproductive breakfast meeting with GOP leaders Tuesday morning. Later in the day, House Republicans sent a message to the governor by voting down his proposal to raise income taxes on top earners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/minn-budget-update?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 15:54:40 -0500 Budget deal still eludes GOP lawmakers, Dayton Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate plan to start negotiating Tuesday with Gov. Mark Dayton's commissioners on individual budget bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/gop-dayton-tax-offer?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:19 -0500 One week left and still no deal There's just one week left in the legislative session, and lawmakers are still looking for a deal on how to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/pugmiredebrief?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 11:10:14 -0500 Minn. GOP leaders optimistic in budget deal before deadline Republican legislative leaders say they remain optimistic about reaching a budget deal with DFL Gov. Mark Dayton by next Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/budget-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 05:58:32 -0500 House OKs redesign for Minn. congressional lines The Minnesota House has approved new boundaries for the state's eight congressional districts, to reflect recent population shifts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/redistricting-house?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 12:41:05 -0500 Ellen Anderson fails to get Senate committee recommendation If the Senate votes not to confirm her as head of the Public Utilities Commission, she would lose her job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/ellen-anderson?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 18:31:43 -0500 Twin Cities' top cops criticize bill expanding gun rights The police chiefs of Minneapolis and St. Paul spoke out Thursday against legislation that would expand the rights of people to use deadly force to defend themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/minneapolis-saint-paul-police-chiefs-gun-rights?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2011 13:57:58 -0500 State parks might close if Minn. gov't shuts down Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr said his staff has already dusted off a shutdown plan written in 2005 that would include the closure of state parks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/dnr-government-shutdown-state-parks?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 16:03:37 -0500 House, Senate reach tentative agreement on K-12 budget bill House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a K-12 education budget bill, but they're not yet ready for the final votes that would send the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/republicans-education-bill?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 14:52:42 -0500 Gov. Dayton prepares for debut fishing opener Gov. Mark Dayton prepared for this weekend's start of the fishing season by purchasing his license Wednesday at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/dayton-fishing-license?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 14:39:52 -0500 Dayton renews call for GOP to finish its budget bills With just 13 days left in the legislative session, the governor expresses a willingness to work with Republican leaders but expects the House and Senate resolve their spending bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/budget-talks?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 15:31:26 -0500 GOP lawmaker questions Dayton over veterans issues Mike Parry says the governor is showing a lack of leadership when claiming GOP budget hurts vets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/legislator-questions-dayton-leadership?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 15:35:45 -0500 Governor and top lawmakers to jockey over the budget State lawmakers have just two weeks left in the legislative session, and there's still no sign of an agreement to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit. DFL Governor Mark Dayton and Republican House and Senate leaders remain at odds over taxes, spending cuts, and even the process they'll follow to negotiate a final budget deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 09:10:42 -0500 Work on Minn. budget bills expected to pick up as Legislature edges toward deadline State lawmakers have just two weeks left in the legislative session, and there's still no sign of an agreement to erase a projected $5 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/budget-bills?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 06:11:35 -0500 Minn. House passes new limits on abortion The Minnesota House has passed two bills aimed at restricting abortions, but neither measure gained the 90 votes needed to override likely vetoes from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/abortion-bills?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 16:31:15 -0500 Republican legislative redistricting plan passes House vote Republicans in the Minnesota House have passed their plan to redraw the boundaries of 201 legislative districts based on the latest census numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/redistricting-house?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 12:50:49 -0500 Amendment to ban same-sex marriage close to Senate vote The state Senate could soon vote on the proposed constitutional amendment. If passed, it would appear on the ballot statewide in the 2012 election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/same-sex-marriage-constitutional-amendment-senate-floor?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 11:39:08 -0500 Racino bill gets first look, has uncertain future With the state facing a projected $5 billion budget deficit, a lot of people thought passing bills to expand gambling would be a slam dunk at the Capitol. But a proposal to allow slot machines at the state's two existing horse racing tracks -- the so-called racino bill -- appeared to be in trouble Thursday after a long-awaited committee hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/gambling-bills?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 16:16:36 -0500 Dayton wants GOP to pick up the pace on state budget fix With 19 days left in the session, the governor said today that his optimism for a timely deal is waning. But GOP leaders insist they're ready to negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/dayton-budget-gop?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 16:34:40 -0500 House panel OKs change in distribution of legacy cash A Minnesota House panel has approved a significant change in the way about $100 million in state legacy funds would be distributed to several arts and cultural organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/legacy-amendment-funding?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 11:46:06 -0500 Senate committee passes new restrictions on abortion The bill would prohibit public dollars from paying for abortions for low-income women on state-funded health care programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/abortion-bill?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 17:51:15 -0500 Bill would strip ability to sue over some health problems Legislation to prevent consumers from suing food companies over weight gain or other health problems has moved closer to a vote in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/bill-would-strip-consumers-of-ability-to-sue-over-some-health-problems?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 14:27:48 -0500 Hundreds of seniors rally at Capitol over threat of cuts Hundreds of senior citizens and nursing home advocates rallied at the Capitol Tuesday to try to protect their slice of the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/senior-rally?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 14:10:59 -0500 Capitol preview with Tim Pugmire State legislators have a busy schedule of committee meetings and floor sessions this week as they take up a long list of policy bills. And with just three weeks left in the 2011 session there's still no sign of an agreement to erase the state's $5B budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/pugmire-capitol-preview?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 09:41:54 -0500 House committee approves bill requiring photo ID to vote It moved out of the House Government Operations and Elections Committee on a 7-5 party-line vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/house-voter-id?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:34:19 -0500 Voter ID bill passes on a party line vote in the Senate Republicans say the ID requirement will boost confidence in the state election system. Democrats, including Gov. Mark Dayton, have described the bill as a solution in search of a problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/voter-id-bill-passes?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:57:02 -0500 Minn. Senate passes voter ID bill on party-line vote Republicans say the ID requirement will boost confidence in the state election system. Democrats, including Gov. Mark Dayton, have described the bill as a solution in search of a problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/voter-id-bill?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:08:57 -0500 GOP lawmaker proposes limits on civil liability A Republican legislator is pushing a business-backed package of changes to the state's legal system that she says would result in economic development and jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/tort-reform?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:48:35 -0500 Republicans defend slow progress on budget fix bills Budget matters took a backseat to policy issues Wednesday at the State Capitol, even though lawmakers have just a month left in the session to erase a $5 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/conference-committees-minnesota-budget-dayton-koch?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:15:13 -0500 Dayton continues attack on GOP budget plans Gov. Mark Dayton is now describing his ongoing budget disagreement with Republican legislative leaders as "theater of the absurd." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/dayton-budget-negotiations?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 17:09:55 -0500 Republicans move to put same-sex marriage ban on the ballot The proposed constitutional amendment would define marriage as between one man and one woman. After winning majorities in the House and Senate last November, Republicans can put a constitutional amendment on the ballot without the governor's signature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/gay-marriage-amendment?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:09:31 -0500 Photo ID bill moves closer to floor vote in Minn. Senate Legislation requiring Minnesotans to show photo identification before they can vote has moved closer to a floor vote in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/photo-id-bill?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 13:07:54 -0500 Supporters, opponents of gambling expansion speak at Capitol Bar and restaurant owners are trying to convince state lawmakers to give them more charitable gambling options, while Minnesota's Indian tribes want to stop the expansion of gambling to protect their own casinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/gambling-options?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:07:08 -0500 Capitol preview: Vikings stadium, gambling, and the state budget State lawmakers return to the Capitol today after taking a week off, and they still have a lot of work left to get done in the final month of the session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/pugmire-preview?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:50:42 -0500 Minn. legislators taking budget message to constituents during break State legislators will be traveling to their home districts this week for their traditional Passover and Easter break and talk to constituents about the budget and other issues in the 2010 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/legislative-break?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 06:09:29 -0500 Is the 'jobs session' living up to its billing? Republicans in the Legislature said their priority for the legislative session was job creation, but with about month left until adjournment it's hard to measure their success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/17/legislature-jobs-debate?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 More teens would be tried as adults under proposal State lawmakers are taking a look at legislation aimed at prosecuting younger teenagers as adults when they commit violent crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/emilys-law-violent-crimes-teens-tried-as-adults?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:46:39 -0500 DFLers charge GOP budget bill targets poor, minorities Several DFL legislators say that Republican budget cuts would unfairly target low-income and minority children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/dflers-charge-gop-budget-bill-targets-poor-minorities?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:49:42 -0500 Dayton tells higher ed community he'll fight for funding Gov. Mark Dayton told a group of college students, faculty members and administrators Wednesday that he has strengthened his resolve to fight against cuts in higher education funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/dayton-higher-education?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:42:16 -0500 House, Senate Republicans will work with Dayton -- on their terms Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says Republicans intend to pursue their budget plan, in particular a federal waiver that allows the state to change how it administers the federal Medicaid law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/gop-budget?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:08:22 -0500 Legislature advances new restrictions on abortions One measure would prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions, and the other would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/senate-abortion-bills?refid=0 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:44:10 -0500 Conference committees to get busy at the Capitol House and Senate conference committees will begin working this week on the Republican-backed budget bills that have already passed both chambers. Gov. Mark Dayton has declined an invitation from GOP leaders to take part in those negotiations, because he says the bills aren't quite ready. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:37:52 -0500 Minn. GOP leaders want final budget talks to start After passing a series of budget bills, Republicans in the Minnesota Senate say they now want to start negotiating with the House and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on a final agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/gop-budget-talks?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:19:59 -0500 House passes bill to trim state workforce by 15 percent Republicans in the Minnesota House passed a budget bill Wednesday that would cut spending on state government operations by 34 percent over the next two years. The measure would reduce the state's workforce by 15 percent, freeze wages and consolidate services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/state-govt-operations-budget?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:55:42 -0500 For Dayton, HMO deal one step toward balanced budget The announcement that four large HMOs have agreed to give any excess earnings back to the state will slow spending in health and human services &mdash; one of the fastest-growing areas of the state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/dayton-hmo-deal-folo?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:20:29 -0500 State Senate rejects bid to allow cities to raise local sales taxes Republican chair of tax committee said the issue will be revisited next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/cities-sales-tax-bid-rejected?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:02:22 -0500 Voter ID now cheaper, Minn. GOP supporters say Supporters of a bill that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls say that a new financial analysis shows the mandate is much more affordable than previous estimates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/voter-id-now-cheaper?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:54:02 -0500 Minn. Senate passes bill cutting public transit The Minnesota Senate has passed a transportation funding bill that could result in higher bus fares and reductions in transit service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/senate-transportation-bill?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:37:43 -0500 House and Senate to take up more budget bills Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are expected to pass their remaining budget bills this week, and then start negotiating toward a final budget deal with Governor Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/pugmire-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:37:47 -0500 Dayton wants pension bump for dead MnDOT worker's family Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing legislation to increase the pension available to the family of a Minnesota Department of Transportation employee who was killed last week while working on flood response. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/backhoe-operator-pension?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:14:53 -0500 K-12 funding overhaul bill clears Minn. Senate Backers say the bill aims at Minnesota's racial achievement gap by eliminating racial integration aid to several large districts in favor of incentives for districts that improve student literacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/senate-k-12-bill?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:06:32 -0500 Minn. Senate OKs cutting 15 percent of state workforce The Minnesota Senate Wednesday passed a government finance bill that dramatically cuts the state workforce, freezes salaries and slices the operating budgets of all state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/senate-workforce-reduction-bill?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:00:20 -0500 GOP rejects Dayton's budget demand House and Senate Republicans plow through their budget bills despite the governor's call that they be clean of policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/dayton-gop-clash-over-budget?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 17:08:43 -0500 Dayton pushes $1B bonding bill at labor rally Gov. Mark Dayton highlighted his proposal for a $1 billion bonding bill Tuesday to members of one of the labor groups that would benefit from the public construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/dayton-labor-rally-bonding-bill?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:04:31 -0500 Minn. budget debate becomes more pointed The Republican-controlled Minnesota House and Senate began passing a series of finance bills Monday that would erase a $5 billion state budget deficit without raising taxes. GOP leaders plan to complete action on their bills by the end of the week, but most of them appear headed toward vetoes from DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/minnesota-budget-bills?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:24:25 -0500 Big budget bills to hit the floor this week Legislators will be putting in some long hours at the Capitol this week as the House and Senate vote on a series of budget bills. Republican leaders say the bills fulfill their pledge to erase a $5 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. But DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants to raise taxes on the state's top earners, claims the GOP is trying to balance the books with "extreme" spending cuts and "unrealistic" numbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:44:30 -0500 GOP: State aid for flood victims 'will be done quickly' Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say they will be ready to move quickly this session to provide state aid to communities hit by spring flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/flood-legislature?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:04:08 -0500 Speaking to local officials, Dayton knocks GOP cuts Gov. Mark Dayton told a gathering of local government officials Thursday that he's never seen a legislative session that compares to this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/dayton-local-officials?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 15:55:11 -0500 City officials, business groups testify on Senate tax bill City and county officials are criticizing a proposed Senate tax bill, but business groups are praising the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/senate-tax-bill?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:06:19 -0500 Senate GOP tax bill slashes local government aid Senate Republicans rolled out a tax bill Wednesday that slashes state aid to cities and counties while giving them more ability to raise local sales taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/23/senate-tax-bill-revives-lga-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:59:17 -0500 State employees rally at Minn. Capitol Public employees packed the State Capitol rotunda Tuesday to defend themselves from what they see as an assault on collective bargaining. The union rally followed a House committee hearing on a bill that would cut the state workforce and freeze salaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/state-employees-rally?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:00:11 -0500 Dayton calls for quarterly campaign finance reports Gov. Mark Dayton is backing legislation to require quarterly reports of campaign fundraising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/dayton-campaign-finance?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:20:01 -0500 State Auditor Otto blasts GOP plan to cut her budget DFL State Auditor Rebecca Otto is blasting a House Republican plan to slash her budget and take away some of her current oversight of local government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/state-auditor-otto-budget-cut?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:07:34 -0500 This time around, racino bill tied to job creation Two Republican lawmakers proposed legislation Monday to allow video slot machines at Minnesota's two horse racing tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/racino-bill?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:28:05 -0500 More budget details to emerge at the Capitol House and Senate budget committees will put in some long hours this week to complete work on spending bills before a self-imposed Friday deadline. Republicans in the House finished up a tax bill and unveiled a K-12 education bill over the weekend. They'll roll out a Health and Human Services bill today. Meanwhile, a Wisconsin-style labor fight appears to be brewing at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:21:41 -0500 Minn. bill would bump up tax rate for 'little cigars' The Minnesota Senate is considering legislation that would raise the tax on so-called little cigars to the same rate as cigarettes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/little-cigars-tax-rate?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:04:38 -0500 Dayton revives Minn. early learning council Gov. Mark Dayton has re-authorized a statewide panel formed three years ago to work on early childhood education issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/dayton-revives-minn-early-learning-council?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 13:09:42 -0500 With Census data in, lawmakers can redraw political map New census numbers show that the boundaries of all eight congressional districts must expand or contract to reflect recent population shifts. Big changes are also in store for some of the state's 201 legislative districts, where populations changed dramatically over the past 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/census-population-redistricting?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 House GOP backs off property tax rate freeze House Republicans have backed off a proposal to require cities and counties to freeze local property taxes for two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/property-tax-freeze?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:26:46 -0500 Dayton shows support for invasive species bill Gov. Mark Dayton is backing legislation aimed at slowing the spread of invasive species in Minnesota lakes and rivers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/invasive-species?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:24:14 -0500 Bill banning human cloning advances in Minn. House The anti-abortion group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is pushing for the legislation, which would make human cloning a felony. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/cloning-bill?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:00:47 -0500 Minn. bill would set open sentences for sex crimes A Minnesota House committee has approved legislation aimed at keeping sex offenders in prison longer instead of a more costly civil commitment program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/15/sex-crime-bill?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:55:33 -0500 Plan to repeal Minn. ban on new nuclear power on hold But Republican sponsors of the measure say it's Gov. Mark Dayton's conditions for the repeal, not the crisis in Japan, that's delaying final action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/minnesota-nuclear-ban-repeal-on-hold?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:39:20 -0500 Capitol preview: this week in Minnesota politics Minnesota House and Senate committees begin assembling several budget bills this week that will erase a projected $5 billion deficit without raising taxes. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Pugmire as he follows all the action at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:26:00 -0500 Minn. Republicans target spending cuts to close deficit Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate have unveiled a two-year budget framework that would erase a $5 billion deficit entirely through spending cuts, while also providing tax breaks to businesses and families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/gop-budget-targets?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:37:53 -0600 Minn. Senate panel approves bill to shrink state workforce A Minnesota Senate panel has approved legislation aimed at shrinking the state workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/state-workers-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:43:26 -0600 Minn. House pays tribute to former chief clerk Members of the Minnesota House Representatives paid tribute Wednesday to the chamber's former chief clerk, Ed Burdick, who passed away earlier in the day at age 89. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/house-tribute?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 06:40:55 -0600 Dayton picks veteran Sen. Ellen Anderson to head PUC Gov. Mark Dayton has selected a veteran state legislator, DFL Sen. Ellen Anderson of St. Paul, to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/public-utilities-commission-ellen-anderson?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:34:00 -0600 Sen. Ellen Anderson to head Minn. PUC Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed state Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, to chair the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/anderson-puc?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 16:21:04 -0600 Dayton: GOP lawmakers in denial over LGA cuts Gov. Mark Dayton says too many legislators don't see the connection between cuts in state aid to cities and increases in local property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/dayton-lga?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:25:07 -0600 Dayton wants to meet with Hutchinson Tech over layoffs Gov. Mark Dayton says he wants to meet with Hutchinson Technology officials to discuss the company's plans to cut hundreds of jobs in the coming months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/dayton-hutchinson-technology-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:15:47 -0600 As Dayton meets mayors, GOP rep. seeks local tax cap When Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a two-year budget plan last month, he said his proposal to keep funding for local government aid at $3.5 billion would prevent state-forced increases in local property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/local-governemtn-aid-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton's radio show a no-go for now Gov. Mark Dayton has decided against hosting a weekly radio show for now after rejecting proposals from several radio stations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/dayton-radio-show?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:47:17 -0600 GOP expected to reveal budget targets Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are ready to start filling in the blanks on their plan for erasing a projected $5 billion budget deficit. GOP leaders will unveil budget target numbers later this week. Those numbers will be the first glimpse of how Republicans plan to balance the books through spending cuts and no new taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:41:16 -0600 Dayton signs Minn. teacher license bill into law Gov. Mark Dayton has signed a law that creates a path into the teaching profession for nontraditional teachers and midcareer professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/teacher-licensure?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 10:15:14 -0600 Dayton signs business permit bill Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Thursday that streamlines the environmental review and permitting process for businesses in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/dayton-business-permit-bill?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:15:25 -0600 Little progress on job creation goals for Dayton or GOP Two months after Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders said job creation was a shared priority, neither of their competing strategies has made much headway. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/dayton-gop-new-jobs-initiatives?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. Senate panel approves business tax cut deal A Minnesota Senate panel has approved a $200 million package of tax breaks for businesses, as part of a larger job-creation proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/01/minnesota-senate-panel-approves-business-tax-cut-deal?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:58:32 -0600 Lower budget shortfall; same political divide The smaller deficit prompted DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to back off one of his proposed tax increases, but there's still a wide divide between Dayton and Republican legislative leaders over how best to erase the remaining red ink. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/budget-forecast-folo?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:14:09 -0600 Preview at the Capitol: the week ahead in state politics MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with reporter Tim Pugmire about an updated economic forecast being released today by state finance officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/pugmirepreview?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 09:24:03 -0600 Minn. Senate OKs bill to quicken business permits The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that requires state agencies to streamline the environmental review and permitting processes for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/minnesota-senate-oks-bill-to-quicken-business-permits?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:42:25 -0600 Dayton, Franken hail biotech firm for expansion plans A Florida-based biotechnology company has announced plans to expand its manufacturing operations in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/dayton-franken-hail-biotech-firm-for-minn-plans?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 12:26:19 -0600 Mayors seek Dayton, GOP compromise to save LGA Minnesota mayors are looking for a budget compromise between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders that would protect state aid to cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/dayton-gop-lga-mayors?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:34:31 -0600 Legislators hear public scrutiny of Dayton's tax plan at Capitol Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal to use tax increases to erase most of a projected $6.2 billion budget deficit is getting a lot of scrutiny this week at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/dayton-tax-wealthy?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:23:08 -0600 Some in GOP open to new revenue as part of budget fix Although they oppose Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to raise taxes, some Republicans say the state needs other forms of new revenue to fix the budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/22/gop-support-of-new-revenue?refid=0 Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:05:36 -0600 Bill in Minn. Senate would exempt local governments from sales tax Some Republicans in the Minnesota Senate say cities, counties and townships should no longer have to pay state sales taxes on purchases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/17/republicans-sales-tax-exemptions?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 12:34:22 -0600 GOP begins scrutiny of Dayton's tax hike plan While Gov. Dayton and Republican leaders traveled across Minnesota Wednesday to pitch their visions of how to solve the state budget deficit, House and Senate committees took aim at Dayton's plan to raise taxes on the state's wealthiest residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/budget-folo?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:38:13 -0600 Dayton, GOP to square off over proposed tax hikes Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing far more tax increases than spending cuts in his plan for erasing a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit. The Democratic governor's plan sets up a sharp conflict with Republicans, who say the budget should be balanced exclusively by cutting government spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/dayton-budget-release?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:33:05 -0600 Dayton's budget spares state aid to cities and counties An official who has seen Gov. Mark Dayton's budget says the governor will not cut any funding to local government aid in his budget plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/mark-dayton-state-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:41:17 -0600 Alternative teacher license bill heads to committee House and Senate negotiators will soon begin working out the differences between two alternative teacher licensure bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/alternative-teacher-licenses?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:14:34 -0600 Senate passes two-year public schools pay freeze The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation to mandate a two-year pay freeze for all public school employees. Senators voted 36-29 Thursday with one Republican joining Democrats in opposition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/senate-public-schools-pay-freeze?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:01:25 -0600 State workforce reduction bill clears second House committee Legislation to reduce the state workforce by 15 percent in the next four years has cleared a second committee hurdle in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/workforce-reduction-bill?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:06:26 -0600 Senate set to vote on salary freeze for public schools Supporters say the two-year freeze would help keep more teachers employed and stabilize the budgets of school districts and charter schools. Opponents argue the mandate takes away local control with little financial benefit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/statewide-school-salary-freeze?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton: Minnesota must 'invest to progress' Gov. Mark Dayton called for bipartisan cooperation Wednesday in his first State of the State message. But he stood by his plan to raise taxes to help erase the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit, and Republican lawmakers called that unacceptable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/dayton-state-of-state-folo?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:18:40 -0600 Party leaders trade shots over gun reference in political ad The state's DFL and Republican party leaders are trading barbs Tuesday over a campaign flier circulating in the northern Minnesota House district where a special election is scheduled next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/legislative-race?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 16:35:42 -0600 GOP voter ID measure passes first Capitol hurdle A state House committee has given the first stamp of approval to a Republican proposal that would require all Minnesotans to present a photo ID in order to vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/voter-id-bill?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:00:35 -0600 DFL raises concerns over repeal effort of pay equity for women DFL legislators are raising concerns about a Republican-backed effort to repeal pay equity laws for women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/equity-bill-mandate?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:56:10 -0600 Dayton fills final 3 spots in cabinet Gov. Mark Dayton filled the final three spots in his cabinet Tuesday, naming the leaders of the Bureau of Mediation Services, the Department of Human Rights and the Department of Administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/dayton-cabinet-filled?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:22:12 -0600 GOP leaders to push voter ID bill forward House Republican leaders say they expect to send a stand-alone voter identification bill to Gov. Dayton in the coming weeks, even if there are no DFL supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/voter-id-gop?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:28:20 -0600 Dayton's cabinet heavy on experience, light on politics So far, Gov. Mark Dayton has assembled a cabinet with with heavy private administrative experience and little political background. Capitol observers say that combination will serve him well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/mark-dayton-governor-cabinet?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Senate approves new pathways to teaching The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation to establish alternative pathways into the teaching profession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/alternative-teacher-license?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:22:16 -0600 Can the state afford Dayton's $1 billion bonding bill? In spite of concerns raised by Republicans, state finance officials are insisting that Minnesota can afford Gov. Mark Dayton's proposal for a $1 billion bonding bill. Some GOP legislators are also questioning whether bonding is the right thing to do, given the state's budget problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/dayton-republicans-bonding-bill?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. Senate to vote on school employee salary freeze Legislation imposing a statewide salary freeze on public school employees is headed to a Minnesota Senate vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/public-school-salary-freeze-bill?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 12:39:30 -0600 GOP's deficit-reduction bill advances in Legislature The Senate Finance Committee approved the plan which would reduce the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit by about $1 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/minnesota-budget-deficit-reduction-bill-advances?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:54:57 -0600 Republicans ramp up push for photo ID at Minn. polls Republicans in the Minnesota Legislature are moving ahead on a long-held election law goal with a proposal requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/minn-voter-id?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:15:13 -0600 Senate committee approves public school salary freeze A Minnesota Senate committee has given its approval to a two-year freeze on public school salaries throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/public-school-salaries-freeze?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:57:25 -0600 State senator apologizes for staffer's e-mail to lobbying group A freshman state senator is apologizing for an e-mail sent by his staff to a lobbying group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/senator-email?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:03:43 -0600 Minn. Republicans advance bill to trim $1B from state's budget deficit House Republicans have advanced a bill to trim about $1 billion from the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/republicans-budget-deficit?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:51:22 -0600 Dayton OKs streamlining of Minn. permit processing Gov. Mark Dayton has directed two state departments to streamline the environmental review and permitting processes for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/dayton-permit-processing?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:20:33 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol The early bipartisan goodwill of the 2011 Legislative session could be put to the test this week as Republicans take up several issues that don't have the support of Governor Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/pugmirepreview?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:24:03 -0600 Rep. Bachmann brings tea party message to Iowa Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann brought her tea party message and possible presidential ambitions to Iowa on Friday night, speaking before about 300 members of an influential anti-tax group that shares many of the Republican's views. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/bachmann-iowa?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 23:20:17 -0600 Dayton focuses on jobs with latest appointment Gov. Mark Dayton used his latest cabinet appointment Wednesday to focus on creating jobs, an agenda he promised to keep at the forefront of his administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/dayton-deed-pick-phillips?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:21:06 -0600 Minn. GOP: Extension of budget cuts should be 'no surprise' Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are proposing some early moves aimed at shrinking a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit by about $1 billion, setting up a possible confrontation with Gov. Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:45:40 -0600 Republicans hope to repeal nuclear power moratorium, will introduce state spending cuts Republicans in the Minnesota House and Senate are moving quickly this session to repeal the state's nuclear power moratorium, and also said they will introduce several proposals to reduce state spending before Governor Mark Dayton unveils his budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/nuclear-moratorium-budget-deficit?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:40:06 -0600 Republican lawmaker wants to limit seat belt enforcement A state legislator says he wants to stop police from using seat belt enforcement as a moneymaking enterprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/seat-belts?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:10:53 -0600 Gov. Dayton chooses Dept. of Public Safety commissioner Gov. Mark Dayton has picked a suburban police chief as his commissioner of public safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/dayton-new-commissioner?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:10:55 -0600 Lawmakers review impact of 2005 gov't shutdown The legislative session is less than two weeks old, but some state lawmakers were already talking about a potential budget impasse and government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/session-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 16:18:45 -0600 Lawmaker apologizes for Gestapo comment The chair of the House Education Reform Committee is apologizing for her use of the word "Gestapo" to criticize a teacher training proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/erickson-gestapo-apology?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:33:45 -0600 Dayton appoints ex-Guard head to Minn. vet post Gov. Mark Dayton has picked former Minnesota National Guard Adjutant Gen. Larry Shellito as his veterans affairs commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/12/guard-vets-post-dayton?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:05:48 -0600 Teachers union offers compromise on school improvement plan Minnesota's statewide teachers union has unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at narrowing the racial achievement gap in public schools, partly by compromising on allowing alternative licensing for teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/teachers-union-reform-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:25:43 -0600 Minn. House panel votes to undo nuclear ban A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would repeal the state moratorium on new nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/nuclear-ban?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:10:19 -0600 Republicans unveil plan to encourage job growth Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation that would provide businesses with regulatory relief and $200 million in tax cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/jobs-bill-minn?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:11:15 -0600 Minnesota Senate cuts daily expense payments Minnesota state senators will now have to get by on $86 a day for meals and other expenses when the Legislature is in session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/legislative-compensation?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:57:27 -0600 A preview of the week ahead at the State Capitol Republican legislative leaders start off this week with bills designed to create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/politicspreview?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:37:13 -0600 GOP leaders move to trim lawmakers' expense payments Republican leaders in the Minnesota Senate are proposing a 10 percent cut in legislators' daily expense payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/per-diem-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 15:19:18 -0600 Dayton exploring chance for federal school grants Gov. Mark Dayton plans to lobby the U.S. education secretary about getting Minnesota into a competitive federal grant program the state previously missed out on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/dayton-education?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 10:16:09 -0600 Dayton taps conservationist to head Minn. DNR Gov. Mark Dayton's choice to lead the Minneseota Department of Natural Resources gets high marks from many for his long conservation record. But those in the state's mining industry have questions about the appointment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/new-minn-dnr-chief?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 09:49:51 -0600 Dayton names heads of commerce, revenue departments An attorney who has been on both sides of insurance industry fights has been chosen to lead the Minnesota Department of Commerce, which regulates the insurance, banking and other key industries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/05/dayton-commerce?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 12:26:13 -0600 With Republicans in charge, Legislature convenes The day was marked with much ceremony, but most lawmakers were looking beyond the opening day festivities to a looming $6.2 billion budget deficit they have to erase by May 23. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/legislature-opens?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 11:39:11 -0600 Beyond the budget, legislators set to focus on jobs Although the main work facing state lawmakers as they convene the 2011 session today is erasing a $6.2 billion budget deficit, they've also pledged to help create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/legislature-2011-jobs-unemployment?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton: Let's work together to move Minn. forward Mark Dayton vowed Monday to put Minnesotans back to work as he was sworn in as the state's 40th governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/dayton-becomes-governor?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 10:39:58 -0600 With deficit looming, Dayton becomes governor Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and the new Republican-controlled Legislature have only about five months to figure out how to erase a record state budget budget deficit of $6.2 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/02/mark-dayton-mn-governor?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Dayton picks Schowalter as budget chief Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has convinced one of the state's current top finance officials to stick around and serve as his chief budget advisor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/dayton-budget-pick?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:44:42 -0600 Pledges aside, partisan showdowns loom at Capitol Despite public pledges today of cooperation in the coming 2011 legislative session, DFL Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and the new Republican leaders of the Legislature appear to be headed toward some unavoidable showdowns on issues ranging from taxes to energy policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/mark-dayton-republicans-legislature-cooperation?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:45:08 -0600 Gov.-elect Dayton to make spurt of cabinet picks Minnesota Gov.-elect Mark Dayton plans to name his lead budget adviser as he makes a spurt of picks to a mostly empty cabinet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/dayton-interview?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:18:45 -0600 Dayton picks Habitat head to chair Met Council Gov.-elect Mark Dayton filled another cabinet post Wednesday with his selection of Susan Haigh as Metropolitan Council chair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/dayton-met-council-pick?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:42:28 -0600 Dayton hires longtime Capitol insider as general counsel Governor-Elect Mark Dayton has hired a State Capitol insider to serve as his general counsel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/dayton-general-counsel?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:56:13 -0600 Dayton pledges to work with GOP to boost economy Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said Thursday he plans to work closely with Republicans in the coming months to try to grow jobs and boost Minnesota's economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/dayton-gop-minnesota-economy?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:24:58 -0600 Dayton, GOP briefly discuss Vikings stadium bill Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and Senate Republican leaders say they talked briefly Thursday about the prospects a new Vikings stadium bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/vikings-stadium-bill?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:08:58 -0600 Minn. sues firm over claims of help with tax debts Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing TaxMasters Inc., a company that runs frequent TV ads promising to help consumers struggling with tax debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/swanson-tax-relief-suit?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 11:56:48 -0600 Dems take parting shots at Gov. Pawlenty's Medicaid position Democrats who lost their majorities in the state Legislature are taking a parting shot at outgoing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty over his refusal to embrace federal health care money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/minn-panel-to-hear-update-on-expanding-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:45:20 -0600 After Metrodome collapse, new stadium debate takes a turn It's no secret the Vikings would like to play all their games in a new stadium in Minnesota, and one lawmaker said Monday a new stadium is now a public safety issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/metrodome-collapse-safety-issue?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:11:29 -0600 Dayton names chief of staff, top aides Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's senior leadership team will be led by Tina Smith, his newly hired chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/dayton-chief-of-staff-aides-appointments?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 10:03:06 -0600 MN Chamber says state workers' pay out of line The unions representing state workers are blasting a new business-backed study that questions the current compensation of public employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/state-workers-compensation?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:48:49 -0600 Chamber: Minn. public employee pay 'out of sync' A business group says that government employee compensation in Minnesota is out of sync with the private sector and must be reined in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/chamber-of-commerce-public-compensation?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:47:41 -0600 After suspension, future uncertain for Hackbarth's role at Capitol Most members of the new Republican majority have been basking in the spotlight at the State Capitol, but veteran GOP lawmaker Tom Hackbarth has been trying hard to stay out of sight. Hackbarth won't face charges for his widely reported arrest for carrying a weapon. But his political future is still clouded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/hackbarth?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 13:53:49 -0600 Same-sex marriage opponents say time is right for amendment Same-sex marriage opponents say the time is right to push for a constitutional amendment that would let Minnesota voters permanently define marriage as between one man and one woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/marriage-amendment?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Projected budget deficit in Minn. rises to $6.2 billion in 2012-2013 The incoming Republican House speaker said tax increases are not part of the solution, but the new DFL Senate minority leader said some new revenue is needed to erase the state's projected deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/state-budget-forecast?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 08:50:39 -0600 Pawlenty: Pardoned sex offender should see perjury charge Governor Tim Pawlenty says a sex offender who he helped pardon two years ago should now face new charges for lying on his pardon application. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/tim-pawlenty-pardoned-sex-offender-perjury?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:14:27 -0600 Office swap begins today at Capitol A massive move gets underway today at the State Capitol, with Republicans and Democrats swapping office space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/moving-at-capitol?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:59:13 -0600 Dayton wants to talk Lockheed plant with Eagan mayor DFLer Mark Dayton says he wants to meet next week with the mayor of Eagan to discuss ways to save the Lockheed Martin plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/dayton-lockheed-eagan?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:30:29 -0600 Mark Dayton meets with DFL legislative leaders Dayton spent an hour in a state Capitol conference room with Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and House Minority Leader Paul Thissen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/mark-dayton-house-senate-leaders?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:50:02 -0600 Report: Photo ID requirement would not prevent voter fraud Opponents of a proposed photo identification requirement for voters say that allegations of election fraud in Minnesota have been wildly exaggerated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/voter-fraud-report-photo-id?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:30:36 -0600 Abortion opponent promises to stick to job description in new gig as Senate president But some abortion rights advocates are concerned Sen. Michelle Fischbach could use her new power as Senate president to push her own agenda. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/22/fischbach-abortion-senate-president?refid=0 Mon, 22 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 New GOP legislative commmittee chairs announced The new Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate have announced the legislators who will chair legislative committees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/legislative-tour?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:07:01 -0600 Minn. Republicans want fewer legislative panels The new Republican leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say they plan to make state government more user-friendly by reducing the number of legislative committees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/16/legislative-panels?refid=0 Tue, 16 Nov 2010 15:22:29 -0600 GOP welcomes new faces, new ideas to Minn. Senate Last week's historic election not only switched control of the Minnesota Senate from Democrats to Republicans for the first time in 38 years, but it also brought in a herd of political rookies to the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/freshmanrepublicans-election2010?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:11:34 -0600 New House leader says GOP won't push legislation until governor's race resolved The incoming Republican Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers said he won't try to push through policy and budget bills before the governor's race gets resolved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/new-legislative-leaders?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:43:15 -0600 DFLers pledge to hold GOP majority accountable The newly selected leaders of the DFL minorities in the Minnesota House and Senate are pledging to hold the Republican majority accountable in the 2011 budget session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/dflers-pledge-to-hold-gop-majority-accountable?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:12:07 -0500 Bakk elected new Senate minority leader; GOP ponders leadership It's the first in a series of leadership moves forced by Tuesday's historic election that switched control of both the Minnesota House and Senate to Republicans for the first time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/minnesota-house-senate-minority-majority-leaders?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 17:06:06 -0500 Emmer, Dayton and Horner make last pitch across Minn. The three major party candidates for governor are traveling the state Monday making one final pitch to voters before Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/emmer-dayton-horner-last-pitch?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 16:00:53 -0500 Nash takes oath as new Minn. National Guard head Maj. Gen. Richard Nash is now officially the 30th Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/national-guard-nash?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 12:04:33 -0500 Governor candidates praise heavy debate schedule after meeting for 26th time All three major party candidates for governor said Sunday they were glad they took part in so many debates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/final-debate?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 08:10:11 -0500 Emmer: Some privitization of government services possible Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer says his plan to reshape state government would include the possible privatization of some current services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/30/emmer-privitization?refid=0 Sat, 30 Oct 2010 07:52:13 -0500 For Dayton's campaign, a simple message: tax the rich In the final part of a series on the major-party candidates for governor, we profile Democrat Mark Dayton, who says his plan to balance the state's budget will make the state's tax system more fair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/dayton-profile?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:20:47 -0500 Candidates talk jobs, health care in 3rd District debate Incumbent Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen is running for a second term in the district that includes the western suburbs of Hennepin County and a small part of southern Anoka County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/third-district-debate?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:52:17 -0500 Gov candidates talk health care in Rochester debate Health care issues took center stage today in Rochester, where the three-major party candidates for governor met for their latest debate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/22/rochester-debate?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:59:37 -0500 Al Quie endorses Horner; second former GOP gov to do so Quie is the second former Republican governor to announce his support for Horner's campaign. Arne Carlson is also backing Horner, instead of Republican candidate Tom Emmer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/quie-endorses-horner?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 16:03:55 -0500 Sec. of state candidates clash on photo ID A proposed photo identification requirement for voters has become a key issue in this year's contest for Minnesota Secretary of State. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/10/sos_candidates.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:05:31 -0500 Pawlenty signs flood relief for southern Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed an $80 million disaster relief bill to help repair damage from September floods in southern Minnesota and a June tornado in Wadena. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/special-session?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 17:55:43 -0500 Some DFLers distance themselves from Dayton's tax plan Some DFL legislative candidates have distanced themselves from their own party's candidate, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton, and his "tax the rich" approach to balancing the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/dfl-candidates-taxes-rich-dayton?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Two legislators to introduce anti-bullying bill at special session Two DFL legislators say they'll use an upcoming special session on flood relief to introduce their anti-bullying bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/anti-bullying-bill?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 12:59:04 -0500 Negative ads bring attention to 3rd District race This year, the race between first-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen and his DFL challenger Jim Meffert was hardly getting noticed outside of the western suburbs, until the negative ads started airing on TV. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/third-district-paulsen-meffert?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates' rhetoric sharpens in debate With just three weeks before Election Day, the three major-party candidates for governor are taking some harder shots at each other to try to sway voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/midmorning-gubernatorial-debate?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:07:24 -0500 Dayton: Overdue payments to schools may be delayed again DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton says he might not be able to meet his goal of paying back $1.4 billion in delayed payments to school districts next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/dayton-school-repayments?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 13:18:01 -0500 Gingrich campaigns for Emmer Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in Minnesota Wednesday, raising money for GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and predicting a good election ahead for Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/10/gingrich_campai.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 17:39:34 -0500 Biden fires up Minn. Democrats at rally for Dayton Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday urged Minnesota voters to turn out for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton and the party's other candidates next month, to avoid reruns of what Biden called failed Republican policies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/biden-rally?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:33:00 -0500 Budget, immigration among topics at governor's debate The three major party candidates for governor discussed immigration and an array of other issues Sunday, during a debate sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and other organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/03/gov-debate-jcc?refid=0 Sun, 03 Oct 2010 20:55:55 -0500 Control over redistricting, 'a secret perk,' at stake in election The new governor, along with the Legislature, will redraw Minnesota's political map to reflect the population shifts of the 2010 census. Those new districts, which must be ready in time for the 2012 election, will remain in place for the next decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/redistricting?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 14:00:00 -0500 VP Biden to campaign for Dayton at Macalester rally, private fundraiser The public will have a chance to see Vice President Joe Biden next week when he comes to Minnesota to campaign for DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/biden-visit?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:26:00 -0500 Social issues rarely in focus in governor's race With economic issues dominating Minnesota's wide-open race for governor, the three major-party candidates have largely ignored traditionally divisive social issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/governor-candidates-social-issues?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Dayton outlines school improvement plan Standing outside a St. Paul elementary school, Dayton outlined a first-term agenda that he said would improve the quality of education for all students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/dayton-education-plan?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 17:02:33 -0500 In St. Cloud debate, opponents take shots at Dayton's new budget plan Mark Dayton's revised plan is still $1 billion short of erasing the projected budget deficit of $5.8 billion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/dayton-revised-budget-plan?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:40:58 -0500 Rep. Buesgens arrested on suspicion of DWI A Republican state legislator was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving drunk after Wright County authorities spotted his car coming out of a ditch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/buesgens?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:36:17 -0500 GOP hopes for surge, DFL hopes to keep control at Capitol Most of the political discussion in Minnesota this year has focused on the wide-open race for governor, but all 201 seats in the Legislature are also up for grabs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/legislative-elections?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Candidates criticize budget plans at 11th gubernatorial debate The three major candidates in Minnesota's wide-open race for governor are dialing up the criticism of each others' plans for tackling a looming state budget crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/gubernatorial-debate-minneapolis?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 05:56:43 -0500 Wis.'s late primary comes with headache for state The primary election season comes to a close Tuesday in Wisconsin and six other states where officials did not comply with a federal requirement for an earlier vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/wisconsin-primary?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:05:10 -0500 Minn. group wants e-bingo, video lottery in bars Minnesota bar owners are calling on candidates for governor and the state Legislature to support a major expansion of gambling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/gambling-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:44:40 -0500 Former Gov. Arne Carlson backs IP's Tom Horner Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson is endorsing the Independence Party candidate for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/arne-carlson-horner?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 07:45:44 -0500 Dayton courts metro voters after soft primary support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton is spending a lot of time these days trying to appeal to voters in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who largely ignored him in last month's primary election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/10/dayton-metro-voters-governor-campaign?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty leaves on trade mission to China, Japan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is departing on a trade mission to China and Japan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/pawlenty-asia?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 06:43:17 -0500 Pawlenty to take $260M in federal Medicaid cash Gov. Tim Pawlenty has decided to accept about $260 million in federal health care money, because it comes from a program separate from the one he strongly opposes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/pawlenty-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 10:50:35 -0500 State budget the main focus of State Fair gov debate Following a poll this week that shows a tightening race for governor, the three major party candidates on Friday took harder shots at each other on policy differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/state-fair-debate?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 13:51:28 -0500 Minn. Chamber urges Pawlenty to seek health grant The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to back off his plan to try to keep federal health care dollars out of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/02/pawlenty-chamber-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 12:18:19 -0500 Cities coalition unveils state budget-balancing website Mayors and other city officials are using a new interactive website to highlight the state budget deficit as a top election-year issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/budget-balancing-website?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 14:31:41 -0500 Pawlenty order bars agencies from federal health care reform Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday that he's going to step up the state's efforts to push back against federal health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/pawlenty-vows-to-limit-minn-in-fed-health-reform?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:12:51 -0500 Minneapolis police union backs Dayton in gubernatorial race Union leaders say their board voted unanimously for Dayton after screening all three major party candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/dayton-union-endorsement?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:05:22 -0500 Politics on a stick: candidates at the fair The three major party candidates for governor plan to spend a lot of time at the Minnesota State Fair over the next 10 days, even though some people aren't paying much attention to the campaign yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/state-fair-politics?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 State officials unveil new online voter status system State officials have unveiled a new online service to help Minnesotans check their voter registration status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/new-voter-system?refid=0 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:02:46 -0500 Dayton's call for positive campaign ads gets 'no' for an answer DFL gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton is calling for a political cease fire by independent organizations that are funding TV ads against him and other candidates. But two of those groups say they won't stop running negative ads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/dayton-campaign-ads?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:57:52 -0500 Dayton wins primary; Kelliher does not concede Former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton has apparently won the DFL nomination for governor over the party's endorsed candidate, Margaret Anderson Kelliher -- but Dayton hasn't yet declared victory and Kelliher hasn't yet conceded defeat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/primary-results?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 06:38:25 -0500 GOP gets out vote for AG candidate to avoid primary upset State Republican party officials are waging an aggressive get-out-the-vote effort for Tuesday's primary to make sure their endorsed candidate for attorney general wins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/09/republican-attorney-general-primary?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 19:22:59 -0500 DFLers try to set themselves apart in last gov debate before primary The three DFL candidates for governor faced off Sunday night in their last pre-primary debate. But none of three -- Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza and Margaret Anderson Kelliher -- took any decisive shots at the other two. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/08/dlf-gov-debate?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2010 00:14:00 -0500 DFLers ramp up efforts before primary Democratic candidates for governor Mark Dayton, Matt Entenza and Margaret Anderson Kelliher are putting in their last efforts before Tuesday's primary election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/dfl-final-weekend?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 12:10:58 -0500 Advocacy group stages protest at Target HQ over donations flap The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org continued its criticism of Target Corporation's recent political donations Friday by staging a protest at the company's headquarters in downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/target-protest-moveon?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 15:16:04 -0500 Candidates counting on get-out-the-vote efforts for primary With Minnesota's primary election campaign headed into its last weekend, the campaigns of the three DFL candidates for governor are working hard to make sure their supporters show up at the polls Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/get-out-the-vote-primary?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Kelliher campaign launches get-out-the-vote effort Supporters of gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher rallied today Thursday outside DFL party headquarters in St. Paul to launch a big get-out-the-vote effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/kelliher-gotv?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 13:54:40 -0500 Kelliher campaign not concerned over sample ballot error The campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher says she's not concerned about the DFL Party's recent distribution of some inaccurate sample ballots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/kelliher-sample-ballots?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:51:14 -0500 Ahead of primary, concerns over expected voter turnout Officials and experts are predicting only a 10 to 12 percent turnout at the August 10 primary that will narrow the candidates for governor down to three. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/primary-turnout?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:37:09 -0500 DFLers debate education, taxes in Mankato With the August 10th primary just over a week away, the three DFL candidates for governor are trying to highlight their differences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/31/mankato-debate?refid=0 Sat, 31 Jul 2010 12:00:50 -0500 IP's Hahn: threatening wife a 'one-time incident' Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn says he was wrong when he threatened his ex-wife last year, in an incident that led her to a protection order against him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/hahn-domestic-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:31:48 -0500 Rallies over same-sex marriage aim to catch candidates' attention Protesters on each side of the same-sex marriage debate held separate rallies at the State Capitol today, as the issue emerges as a possible dividing point in the governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/28/same-sex-marriage-rallies?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:35:16 -0500 Entenza confident education message will see him prevail Most polls still show him running third in a competitive three-way contest for the DFL nomination, but Matt Entenza remains confident that his emphasis on education and green jobs will carry him to a win in the Aug. 10 primary election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/matt-entenza-profile-dfl-governor?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Kelliher makes pitch to party as rivals run flush with cash House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher says her bid to become Minnesota's first female governor is relying on a grassroots campaign organization rather than a million-dollar bank account. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/26/dfl-margaret-anderson-kelliher-governor?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Former justice Gardebring Ogren remembered as 'a star' Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Sandra Gardebring Ogren, whose career in public service spanned four decades and touched government, the courts and higher education, has died after a nine-year battle with cancer. She was 63. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/gardebring-obit?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:10:59 -0500 GOP attorney general candidate would sue over health care law Chris Barden, a Republican attorney general candidate, is renewing his pledge to oppose the federal overhaul of the nation's health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/barden?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 12:07:43 -0500 Dayton, GOP spar over tax breaks for veterans The allegation stems from the video of a campaign appearance this week at the Hibbing VFW. When asked about a proposed tax exemption for military pension, Dayton responded that he thinks people should pay income taxes based on income. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/dayton-veterans-income-tax?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 17:41:50 -0500 Horner releases jobs plan Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner said he would take a hard look at capping the state's mortgage interest tax deduction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/horner-jobs-plan?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:01:43 -0500 DFL-backed groups raise $2M for gov race State campaign regulators released financial reports Wednesday from outside special interest groups trying to influence this year's race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/political-funds?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:26:48 -0500 State checkbook could have negative balance by 2011 Minnesota finance officials are proposing to open a line of credit and delay some payments to balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/borrowing-state-budget?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:38:03 -0500 Kelliher brings minimum wage debate into gov race Minnesota's minimum wage is quickly becoming a key issue in the 2010 race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/minimum-wage?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 15:11:06 -0500 Lawsuit filed to loosen Minn.'s campaign finance laws Three corporations have filed a lawsuit aimed at loosening Minnesota's campaign spending laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/campaign-finance-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 14:54:13 -0500 Dayton talks up budget plan, gets pushback Minnesota's primary election is now less than five weeks away, and the candidates for governor appear to be sharpening their attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/08/dayton-budget-deficit?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jul 2010 12:37:19 -0500 Kelliher releases income tax returns Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the DFL-endorsed candidate for governor, released her 2009 tax returns today, a few hours after primary challenger Mark Dayton released his. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/07/kelliher_releas_1.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 15:18:32 -0500 Dayton releases tax returns DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton released his 2009 federal and state tax returns today and challenged other candidates to do the same. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2010/07/dayton_releases.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 12:23:58 -0500 DFL voting on whether to keep backing Chaudhary Suburban DFL officials could take the rare step Monday of stripping party endorsement from an incumbent state legislator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/chaudhary-vote?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 08:16:27 -0500 DFL, IP candidates talk women's issues at forum Three DFL candidates and one Independence Party candidate for governor shared the stage at a forum on women's issues today in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/gov-forum?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 19:42:36 -0500 Dayton to release personal finance info DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton says he will voluntarily release a summary of his personal income tax information. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/23/govcandidates-paydisclosure?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:41:34 -0500 Construction starts on $20M addition at Minnesota Zoo Construction is underway at the Minnesota Zoo on a $20 million addition that includes a new main entrance, educational facilities and a penguin exhibit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/zoo-construction?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:17:50 -0500 Absentee ballot period for primary starts Friday Minnesota's top election official is reminding voters that the absentee ballot period for the August 10th primary begins this Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/absentee-ballot-period-starts-friday?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 13:17:26 -0500 AFL-CIO decides not to endorse candidate for governor The labor organization announced the decision Wednesday afternoon after screening three candidates: DFLers Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Mark Dayton, as well as Independence Party candidate Tom Horner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/afl-cio-endorsement?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:40:28 -0500 Kelliher absent from airwaves as Entenza, Dayton make TV ad buys With the primary election less than two months away, former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton becomes the second DFL gubernatorial candidate trying to reach voters through television spots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/dayton-campaign-tv-ads?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Head of Minnesota National Guard announces retirement plans The head of Minnesota's National Guard announced Wednesday that he's retiring when his seven-year term ends this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/shellito-steps-down?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 15:02:19 -0500 DFL candidates for governor trade barbs over taxes Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza all agree taxes should be raised, but they recently started arguing over the scope and the amount of those tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/kelliher-dayton-entenza-taxes?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 13:48:33 -0500 GOP accuses IP candidate of taking illegal contribution GOP officials filed a complaint Tuesday with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, claiming Horner colluded with pollster Bill Morris and his Minneapolis-based research company Decision Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/horner-pollster?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:36:18 -0500 Kelliher makes plea for women's vote DFL House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher on Monday urged members of the largest women's political action committee in Minnesota to work to elect her governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/kelliher-pac-speech?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:43:04 -0500 Dayton severs ties with Sen. Chaudhary DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton says he has severed all political ties with state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/dayton-severs-ties-with-senator-chaudhary?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 17:14:43 -0500 Senate panel reprimands Chaudhary over fish flap A state senate ethics panel today reprimanded DFLer Satveer Chaudhary of Fridley for "violating the accepted norms of Senate behavior and threatening public confidence in the Legislature." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/chaudhary-reprimand?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:47:13 -0500 Education emerging as a major issue in race for governor Education is emerging as a lightning rod issue in this year's race for governor, and Republicans say Minnesota's recent failure to win a competitive federal education grant showed that Democrats are beholden to an obstructionist teacher's union. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/education-election?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Group says new law lays groundwork for campaign reform A government watchdog group is generally praising a new state law that's designed to shed light on corporations and unions trying to influence elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/campaign-law?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 13:44:02 -0500 Chaudhary takes heat for 'screw up' at meeting with constituents DFL state Sen. Satveer Chaudhary faced a roomful of concerned local DFL party officials and constituents Thursday night in Fridley, and he continues to take heat for a self-described "major league screw up" at the end of the 2010 legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/28/chadhary-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2010 06:28:34 -0500 Emmer, Kelliher make campaigns for governor official Republican Tom Emmer and DFLer Margaret Anderson Kelliher filed paperwork with the Minnesota Secretary of State's office Tuesday, making their bids for governor official. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/kelliher-file?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 11:05:14 -0500 Ritchie urges voters to go to polls for veterans The Minnesota Secretary of State's office is encouraging state residents to vote in honor of veterans this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/veteran-voters?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 11:45:50 -0500 Dayton picks state Sen. Prettner Solon as running mate Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton announced Monday that he's chosen state Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon to be his running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/dayton-running-mate?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 09:01:51 -0500 Minn. senator regrets fishing change that irked DNR State Sen. Satveer Chaudhary, DFL-Fridley, says he made a "major league screwup" when he pushed for legislation to restrict fishing on the northern Minnesota lake where he owns a cabin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/minn-senator-regrets-fishing-change-that-irked-dnr?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 15:05:15 -0500 Kelliher confident despite second place showing in poll House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher says she's not surprised by a new poll that shows her in second place among the three DFL primary candidates for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/kelliher-reacts-to-poll?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 12:14:36 -0500 Pawlenty signs law requiring ignition locks for drunk drivers Convicted drunken drivers in Minnesota will soon have to prove that they're sober when trying to start their vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/ignition-interlock-law?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 16:31:28 -0500 Legislature passes budget, adjourns special session Both the Minnesota Senate and House have passed a budget bill agreed upon late last night by the governor and legislative leaders, and then adjourned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/budget-deal?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 06:33:29 -0500 Flood coverage bill sent to Pawlenty despite questions over cost The Minnesota House has overwhelming passed a $3.7 million flood-cleanup plan despite questions about where the money will come to pay for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/15/house-passes-flood-bill?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 2010 20:22:11 -0500 Lawmakers, Pawlenty still working on budget deal with little time left With less than 24 hours to solve Minnesota's nearly $3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers were still working out a plan that could satisfy members of both parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/15/budget-saturday?refid=0 Sat, 15 May 2010 18:15:40 -0500 Progress being made, but no budget deal yet at Capitol Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Friday that progress is being made to erase a nearly $3 billion budget deficit less than three days before the deadline for legislators to pass bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/budget-update?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 16:55:54 -0500 Where's Emmer? DFL questions missed votes The Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, state Rep. Tom Emmer of Delano, has missed several votes in the House over the past week on budget bills and other matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/emmer-votes?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 17:11:53 -0500 Pawlenty strikes down Minn. health care bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday vetoed a Health and Human Services spending bill, saying it had too many cost increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/pawlenty-vetos-health-bill?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 12:59:28 -0500 Few new ideas on budget as deadline nears With less than five days remaining in the legislative session, few new ideas emerged today at the State Capitol on how to solve a nearly $3 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/few-new-ideas?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 15:11:34 -0500 Pawlenty to veto death rights for same-sex couples Gov. Pawlenty says he plans to veto legislation that would grant end-of-life rights to same-sex partners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/senate-same-sex-bill?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 14:49:10 -0500 Budget to dominate last week at Capitol We're heading into the last week of the 2010 legislative session, and Minnesota lawmakers still have a big financial mess to clean up. The state budget deficit of $536 million ballooned to nearly $3 billion as a result of a Minnesota Supreme Court ruling last week. The court ruled against Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment budget fix from last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 11:17:33 -0500 Senate, House pass budget bill; veto looms With just one week left in the session, state legislators on Monday took a first step toward solving a budget deficit created when the state Supreme Court ruled against the unilateral cuts Gov. Tim Pawlenty made last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/dlf-proposes-tax-for-budget-gap?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 09:59:14 -0500 State faces unprecedented cash-flow crisis In the aftermath of a Minnesota Supreme Court court ruling against Gov. Pawlenty's 2009 budget fix, state officials say they could now face an unprecedented cash-flow crisis if anyone affected by those cuts seeks repayment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/minnesota-running-out-of-money-mcclung?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 16:32:00 -0500 Vikings stadium bill suffers setbacks The Vikings stadium bill is on shaky ground after going down to defeat in a House panel and as lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty grapple with a court ruling over last year's budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/vikingstadium-housecomm?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 12:02:54 -0500 Vikings stadium bill moves forward as end of session looms A plan to finance a new $791 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has cleared its first committee hurdle in the state Legislature, but not before lawmakers made significant revisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/stadium-bill?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 06:33:54 -0500 St. Paul Mayor Coleman opposes Vikings stadium bill St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman says he views aspects of the new Vikings stadium bill as unacceptable for his city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/coleman-vikestadium?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 16:01:54 -0500 Vikings stadium bill's first stop is House committee Legislation to finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be heard Tuesday in a House committee, as supporters race to find votes for the bill with just two weeks remaining in the 2010 legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/vikings-stadium?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 09:52:10 -0500 DFL lawmaker says Vikings bill could come next week A key state lawmaker says he might have a Vikings stadium bill ready to introduce early next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/29/stadium-bill?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:03:08 -0500 Edina Republican announces run for attorney general R. Christopher Barden launched his campaign Wednesday to challenge DFL incumbent Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/gop-attorney-general-candidate?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 17:26:46 -0500 Emmer and Seifert support Arizona-style immigration crackdown in Minn. State Representatives Marty Seifert and Tom Emmer held up Arizona as a model Wednesday during a radio debate ahead of this week's state GOP convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/gop-hopefuls-support-immigration-crackdown?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:04:16 -0500 Budget official: State 'unlikely' to receive $400 million in health care money Minnesota's top finance official says it is "significantly unlikely" that Minnesota will get its share of anticipated federal health care money before the legislative session ends on May 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/state-budget-gap?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Groups object to health and human services cuts Special interest groups are giving mostly bad reviews to a bill that would cut health and human services spending by $154 million in the current biennium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/special-interest-groups-object-to-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:55:21 -0500 Kelliher takes her campaign on the road As Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the newly endorsed DFL candidate for governor started her first statewide campaign swing Monday, the field of candidates challenging her in the primary election narrowed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/kelliher-folo?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:12:21 -0500 Democrat Gaertner drops out of governor's race Ramsey County prosecutor Susan Gaertner left the Minnesota governor's race Monday, saying she didn't want "to be a spoiler" in Democrat Margaret Anderson Kelliher's quest to become the first woman to win the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/gaertner-out?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 14:08:22 -0500 Party endorsements shorten time at the Capitol The DFL party gubernatorial endorsee, and Minnesota House Speaker, Margaret Anderson Kelliher travels around the state today to campaign. Kelliher beat out seven other challengers in a six-ballot endorsement battle Saturday in Duluth. Minnesota Republicans are preparing to gather in Minneapolis later this week to endorse their candidate for governor. And that means another abbreviated week at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 11:00:43 -0500 Kelliher wins DFL endorsement for governor Minnesota Democrats have endorsed House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher as their candidate for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/24/kelliher-endorsement?refid=0 Sat, 24 Apr 2010 23:17:38 -0500 DFL gubernatorial candidates make their pitch to the party More than 1,300 DFL delegates are gathered in Duluth today for the start of the party's state political convention and tomorrow's endorsement of a candidate for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/dfl-convention?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Three DFL candidates for governor don't plan to abide by this weekend's party endorsement Three of the DFL candidates running for governor are not concerned about who party delegates endorse this weekend at their state convention in Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/candidates-not-abiding-by-endorsement?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 16:13:25 -0500 Pawlenty: Hospitals don't have choice to refuse low-income health care plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty says hospitals will have no choice but to participate in a new health coverage program for low-income Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/pawlenty-gamcresponse?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:31:08 -0500 Lobbyist seated among Minn. lawmakers causes flap The Minnesota House has banned lobbyists and representatives of the governor from sitting alongside legislators during committee meetings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/lobbyist-rule-change?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:17:49 -0500 Education officials, lawmakers, promise to work together on education reform Key state lawmakers and teachers union leaders are pledging to work together on a second application for a federal "Race to the Top" education grant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/dooher-education-pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:12:11 -0500 Pawlenty dusts off teacher pay, tenure proposals Gov. Tim Pawlenty has boiled down his proposals for education reform into seven initiatives, most dealing with the way teachers are evaluated and paid. He's proposed the same ideas before, and none have been adopted by the Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/education-reform?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:53:55 -0500 State needs to recruit 30,000 election judges Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is making a statewide appeal for election judges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/election-judges?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:08:47 -0500 Education to highlight week at Capitol State lawmakers are poised to take up several school reform issues during a shortened week at the State Capitol. Later in the week, DFL legislators will head to the state political convention in Duluth where the party will endorse a gubernatorial candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:56:50 -0500 Kelliher touts support from city leaders Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher is letting DFL delegates know that her campaign for governor is getting support from top city government leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/kelliher-support?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:26:38 -0500 Union receives threats over 'tax the rich' ads Officials with Minnesota's largest public employee union say they have received several threatening phone calls and e-mails in response to their recent "tax the rich" ad campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/tax-threats?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:28:00 -0500 Minn. Dems aim for federal health care dollars A trio of House Democrats are pushing legislation they say would bring the state $1 billion in federal money to provide health coverage for Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/federal-health-dollars?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:01:16 -0500 Bill to ease citizen border crossings headed for vote Legislation aimed at speeding up international border crossings is headed for a final vote in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/border-crossing-bill?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 10:36:32 -0500 Tougher DWI enforcement bill moves forward Legislation to require convicted drunken drivers to use breath-activated ignition systems on their cars has cleared another Minnesota Senate committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/breath-activated-ignition-systems?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:32:46 -0500 Dayton calls on Pawlenty to reapply for federal education grant DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton is calling on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty to stop blaming others for the failure of state's application for a federal "Race to the Top" education grant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/dayton-edreforms?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:09:22 -0500 Carter to volunteer in Minn. on housing rehab Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity officials are preparing for an October visit by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/carter-visit?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 12:15:13 -0500 Bill allowing alcohol sales at TCF Stadium up for vote A bill that allows the University of Minnesota to sell beer and other alcoholic beverages in premium seating areas of TCF Bank Stadium is headed for a vote in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/tcf-bank-alcohol?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 19:28:56 -0500 Lawmaker unveils plan to delay closing of mental health facilities A key DFL lawmaker unveiled a plan Monday to stop or delay the closure of several state facilities that serve the mentally ill and disabled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/mental-health-facilities?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:12:16 -0500 Minn. might have to make bank run for 2011 bills State finance officials say they won't need to take out short-term loans to pay the bills this spring, but borrowing could be necessary in the next fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/minnesota-budget-borrowing?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:10:03 -0500 Lull in store at Capitol State lawmakers have just over a month left in the 2010 session, but much of their budget-balancing work has slowed significantly because lawmakers are in a holding pattern until they learn how much federal health care money they can use to help erase the remaining budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 10:35:35 -0500 Lawmakers put next phase of budget fix on hold State lawmakers have solved about one-third of the budget deficit, but House and Senate leaders now say the next phase of their budget fix is on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/budget-fix?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:24:29 -0500 DFL majority leaders suggests Legislature take time off The DFL majority leader of the Minnesota Senate is suggesting the Legislature could take some time off later this month until the state budget picture becomes clearer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/time-off?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:10:38 -0500 DFL lawmakers say Vikings stadium not a priority DFL leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate are distancing themselves from the Vikings stadium issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/no-vikings-stadium?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:42:18 -0500 Racino supporters want portion of slot revenues to fund new Vikings stadium Supporters of a plan to allow slot machine gambling at horse racing tracks say they now want most of the projected state revenue used to build a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/racino-meets-vikings?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 16:13:26 -0500 Aubrey Immelman of Sartell announces plans to run against Bachmann A college professor who unsuccessfully challenged Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the Republican primary two years ago says he'll try to run against her this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/immelman-to-run?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 14:15:25 -0500 Pawlenty approves budget cuts, tax credits The governor signed a bill creating tax credits for businesses, while approving spending cuts aimed at reducing the state's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/pawlenty-signs-bill?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:18:47 -0500 Legislative break gives candidates time to campaign Six legislators remain in the crowded gubernatorial field. Those four DFLers and two Republicans are using their days off to travel the state, court party delegates and try to make some news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/governor-candidates-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:12:23 -0500 Marty taps fellow senator as mate in Minn. gov's race Sen. John Marty has gone with a fellow senator to join him in his run for Minnesota governor, picking Democrat Patricia Torres Ray. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/marty-running-mate?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:10:06 -0500 Oberstar backs Rukavina for Minn. governor U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar says he's backing DFL state Rep. Tom Rukavina in the race for Minnesota governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/oberstar-rukavina-governor?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:43:23 -0500 $312 million in state spending cuts OK'd by Minn. House and Senate Minnesota legislators are heading home for a weeklong break after taking action to erase about one-third of the state's nearly $1 billion budget deficit. The House and Senate passed a bill Monday that reduces state spending by $312 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/budget-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 11:23:24 -0500 Budget vote and a break in store for lawmakers The Minnesota legislature is facing a busy day today but also a very short week. Members of the House and Senate will head home for their traditional Easter and Passover holiday break after voting on a budget cutting bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/capitol2?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:23:01 -0500 Minn. lawmakers strive to seal partial budget fix Standing between Minnesota lawmakers and a holiday recess is a bill to reduce state spending by $300 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/budget-deal?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:16:08 -0500 Minn. Legislature hoping to vote on jobs bill The Minnesota House and Senate are expected to vote Monday on a package of tax breaks aimed at stimulating economic development across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/jobs-bill?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 06:14:06 -0500 Another attempt to lift state's nuclear ban fails in Senate During debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, tried to amend an energy-related bill with language lifting the nuclear ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/nuclear-ban?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:42:35 -0500 Minn. bill aims to add alcohol to U of M football A Minnesota Senate committee voted Tuesday to undo a law that led to an alcohol ban at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/uofm-alcohol?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 07:20:43 -0500 Health care reform helps state's budget picture The passage of a sweeping federal health care bill will provide an almost immediate financial benefit to Minnesota, and reduce a nearly $1 billion state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/healthcare-minnbudget?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:59:32 -0500 DFL deficit plans come to the fore DFL state lawmakers are ready to take their first bite out of a nearly $1 billion budget deficit. The Minnesota House and Senate are expected to vote today on a bill that would reduce state spending by about $314 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:15:50 -0500 Veterans fight back over funding criticism Military veterans came out in full force at a Capitol hearing Thursday to defend Gov. Pawlenty's use of the Support Our Troops license plate fund to pay the salary of one of his office staffers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/vets-funding?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:06:47 -0500 Committees ready to cut aid to local governments The tax committees in the Minnesota House and Senate are poised to cut $105 million in state spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/tax-committees?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 15:51:52 -0500 Battle begins over Minnesota's application for second round of 'Race to the Top' funding Minnesota's teachers union is urging state officials to apply again for federal money under the "Race to the Top" initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/race-to-the-top?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:47:22 -0500 Veterans programs dodge budget-balancing ax Lawmakers are considering deep spending cuts to erase a nearly $1 billion budget deficit, but so far, veterans programs have been off limits from cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/veterans-session?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:23:12 -0500 Fate of bonding bill leads Capitol agenda this week The bonding bill is on Gov. Tim Pawlenty desk today and he says he will sign it into law. But, he also says he will trim its $1 billion cost with his line-item veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/bonding?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:52:19 -0500 Pawlenty cuts construction bill by $313 million Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday cut the size of a construction projects bill by $313 million, telling the DFL-controlled Legislature he was "deeply disappointed" leaders hadn't heeded his warnings to pare it down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/15/pawlenty-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:05:56 -0500 House Republicans urge Pawlenty to make big cuts in bonding bill Republicans in the Minnesota House are privately urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to be extra aggressive when he cuts down a $1 billion bonding bill through line item vetoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/gop-line-item-veto-bonding-bill?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:18:20 -0600 House passes revamped bonding bill; Pawlenty ready to trim The Minnesota House has passed a revamped $1 billion bonding bill that Gov. Tim Pawlenty is ready to trim and sign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/bonding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:39:36 -0600 Democrats say Pawlenty siphoning office staff from other agencies Gov. Tim Pawlenty has often used interagency agreements to pay some senior policy advisers. DFL leaders say he's gone too far, and they're proposing deep cuts in the governor's office budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/pawlenty-office-staff?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Committee advances Lake Vermilion park plan A Minnesota Senate committee has advanced legislation to establish a new state park at Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/vermilion?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 17:09:32 -0600 House committee approves bill expanding use of breath-activated ignition locks in DWI convictions A Minnesota House committee has approved a bill that would expand the use of breath-activated ignition locks for those convicted of drunken driving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/ignition-locks-bill-goes-forward?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 15:44:33 -0600 House, Senate approve absentee ballot reform Minnesota legislative bodies have given preliminary approval to legislation that would improve the state's absentee ballot system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/absenteeballots?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:16:40 -0600 Plans to trim the state's budget deficit take shape The Minnesota Senate Finance Committee has begun piecing together a plan to erase the state's nearly $1 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/budget-deficit-plans?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 11:47:02 -0600 Progress expected on the budget and bonding DFL leaders in the House and Senate say they plan to get busy on the budget this week, specifically identifying the spending cuts needed to solve a deficit that is now just under $1 billion. The budget shortfall went from $1.2 billion down to $994 million last week, thanks to a slightly improved economic forecast. In addition, lawmakers have resolved a disagreement over health care coverage for the poor, but there's still a lingering dispute over a bonding bill. Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the State Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/week_ahead?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 10:00:05 -0600 Vote expected this week on revamped bonding bill DFL legislative leaders say they expect to vote this week on a revamped bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 06:23:02 -0600 3 Minn. residents sue to save expiring health plan Three Minnesota recipients of General Assistance Medical Care are suing Gov. Pawlenty and other state officials to keep the subsidized health care program in place, at least temporarily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/gamc-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 15:34:25 -0600 MN Dem candidate Bakk: Tax clothing, cut sales tax A key legislator says he wants to expand the state sales tax to clothing and use the revenue to reduce the budget deficit and pay off a school funding shift. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/bakk-clothing-tax?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 11:16:32 -0600 Pawlenty signs bill to move primary to August Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill Wednesday that moves Minnesota's primary election from September to August. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/primary-move?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 10:00:08 -0600 Sparring continues, even with better budget news Gov. Pawlenty says the budget forecast released Tuesday, showing the state's deficit has gone down slightly, is good -- but warns the state's budget picture is still problematic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/budget-forecast?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:23:55 -0600 DFL falls short on medical plan override attempt Democrats in the Minnesota House have failed in their attempt to override Gov. Pawlenty's veto of a health care bill affecting thousands of low-income adults. They needed three Republican votes Monday to override, but the minority caucus stood united in support of the governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/override-fails?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 15:58:18 -0600 This Week at the Capitol Minnesota House DFL leaders say they are ready to vote today to override Governor Pawlenty's recent veto of a health care bill affecting thousands of low income adults. Lawmakers will also learn later this week if the $1.2 billion budget deficit that they still need to fix has grown any bigger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/capitol_update?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:33:33 -0600 Minn. House expected to try to override Pawlenty veto The Minnesota House is poised to vote Monday on an override of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a health care bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/01/gamc-override-veto?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 06:25:53 -0600 Counties to state: We want more responsibilities Minnesota counties are proposing to take over the responsibilities of the state highway patrol as part of a wide ranging proposal to save the state an estimate $1 billion over two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/counties-highway-patrol?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:28:46 -0600 After recalling bonding bill, DFL reconsiders priorities DFL Legislative leaders are using a procedural wrinkle to avoid a gubernatorial veto of the $1 billion dollar bonding bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/bonding-bill-back-to-senate?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:50:55 -0600 Gov. Pawlenty to veto bonding bill The bill that DFL state lawmakers have touted as creating jobs is about to run headlong into a gubernatorial veto. The bill in question is a $1 billion bonding proposal for public construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/pugmire?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:51:24 -0600 Lawmakers looking at racetrack slot money as new revenue source Several lawmakers say their plan for racetrack slot machines would raise cash for everything from early childhood classes to a new Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/racetrack-slots-money?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:57:59 -0600 Pawlenty to veto entire $1B construction bill A $1 billion plan for state-backed construction projects is headed toward Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk, though he warned in a letter Monday evening that he'll veto the entire bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/bonding-bill?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:35:38 -0600 Veto override vote could come this week A partisan showdown is looming at the State Capitol this week over health care coverage for thousands of low income adults. DFL leaders in the House and Senate say they'll try to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of a bill to extend General Assistance Medical Care, which passed by wide bipartisan margins. But Republicans in the House are promising a united front to uphold the governor's veto. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:48:41 -0600 Both parties ready for GAMC override showdown DFL leaders in the House and Senate are gearing up for a showdown with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, most likely next week. They want to try to override his veto of a bill to extend health care coverage for thousands of low-income adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/override-attempt?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 16:23:15 -0600 Spokesman: Pawlenty to veto GAMC extension Legislation that extends health care coverage for thousands of the state's poorest residents is on its way to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk, but a spokesman says the governor will veto the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/pawlenty-gamc-extension?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:50:47 -0600 Legislature votes to extend expiring health plan The Minnesota Senate has followed the House and overwhelmingly voted to keep alive an expiring state health care plan for more than 30,000 low-income adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/gamc-extension-vote?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:51:55 -0600 Study: States $1T behind in funding employee pensions A new study warns that most states, including Minnesota, have fallen far behind in funding retirement benefits for public employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/18/study-states-1t-behind-in-funding-employee-pensions?refid=0 Thu, 18 Feb 2010 06:30:00 -0600 State's largest employees union rails against budget cuts Union leaders say the deep spending cuts will results in massive layoffs and reduced government services. Executive Director Eliot Seide said AFSCME supports tax increases for wealthy individuals and corporations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/state-employees-union-budget-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:48:14 -0600 House Republicans seek commission to streamline state operations Republicans in the Minnesota House say they want to create a new panel that would recommend ways to streamline state government operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/state-agencies?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:41:14 -0600 Chamber of Commerce asking for clarity on campaign finance laws The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is asking a federal judge to clarify that current state campaign finance laws won't prevent corporate activity in elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/elections-finance-rules?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:38:41 -0600 DFLers see hypocrisy in Pawlenty's Medicaid budget fix Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate are taking issue with Gov. Tim Pawlenty for including a big chunk of federal money in his plan to erase a $1.2 billion state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/state-budget-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 17:13:45 -0600 DFLers blast Pawlenty's budget plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing deep spending cuts as part of his plan to solve a $1.2 billion budget deficit. DFL leaders blasted the plan, claiming it doesn't really balance the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/budgetreax?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:50:54 -0600 Pawlenty to unveil budget fix today Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveils his proposal today for fixing a $1.2 billion deficit in the current two-year budget. The Republican governor has said he will provide a solution with spending cuts alone. MPR Capitol reporter Tim Pugmire previews the speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/budget_preview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 10:31:23 -0600 House to vote on $1B borrowing bill The debate over government's role in job creation will surface again Monday at the State Capitol, when the House is expected to vote on a proposal to borrow $1 billion for public construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/14/bondingpreview?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty focuses on jobs in State of State speech Governor Tim Pawlenty used his eighth and final State of the State speech Thursday to outline a plan for jump-starting the economy through a variety of tax breaks for businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/pawlenty-sos?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:05:48 -0600 Cities say they can't take more local aid cuts City officials are concerned that state lawmakers will target local government aid this session to help close a $1.2 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/local-government-aid?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 17:13:25 -0600 DFLers propose limits on governor's budget powers Two DFL legislators say a veto threat won't deter their effort to try to limit the governor's power to cut the budget single-handedly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/unallotment-bill?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 12:18:48 -0600 Pawlenty defends unallotment power in court filing Gov. Tim Pawlenty filed a brief with the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday defending the constitutionality of what's known the governor's unallotment authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/pawlenty-unallotment-brief?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 17:28:53 -0600 Pawlenty seeks longer terms for sex offenders Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed tougher penalties for sex offenders that would more than double their time in prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/pawlenty-sex-offenders?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 11:00:00 -0600 Minn. Senate DFLers outline $50M jobs plan DFLers in the Minnesota Senate unveiled a $50 million package of tax incentives Monday aimed at growing jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/jobs-bill?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 14:08:59 -0600 Bonding and health care on the Capitol agenda It's the first full week of the 2010 legislative session, and state lawmakers have a full agenda ahead of them. They are focusing on a $1 billion bonding bill, and an extension of a health care program for the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/08/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 10:58:07 -0600 DFLer Steve Kelley drops out of Minn. gov race Former state Sen. Steve Kelley has dropped out of the Minnesota governor's race after a poor showing in Tuesday's precinct caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/kelley-out?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 16:36:34 -0600 Dems open session with borrowing plan, health care cuts DFL leaders marked the opening of the 2010 session by unveiling a $1 billion bonding bill that they want to pass quickly. They also advanced a plan to provide health care coverage to the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/construction-wishlist?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 10:39:11 -0600 At new session, budget and jobs most pressing issues Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders will start the 2010 session today a lot like they ended the 2009 session--slugging it out over how to erase a large budget deficit and create jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/2010-session-preview?refid=0 Thu, 04 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Seifert cruises in GOP straw poll; Dems split between Rybak, Kelliher Republican state Rep. Marty Seifert was the top choice for governor in a straw poll of GOP caucus-goers Tuesday night. On the DFL side, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher topped a large field in the non-binding preference poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/caucusnight?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 23:00:48 -0600 Most candidates for governor will abide by party endorsements It's the day before Minnesota's precinct caucuses, and the candidates for governor are looking for a last-minute boost of support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/governors-race?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 16:04:32 -0600 Dems try for Mall of America, investor tax credits Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing a package of tax changes that they say will grow thousands of new jobs across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/democrats-tax-plan?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:47:01 -0600 State Sen. Clark kicks off campaign to unseat Rep. Bachmann State Senator Tarryl Clark has officially launched the 6th district congressional campaign that she started last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/tarryl-clark-campaign?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:03:59 -0600 Cattle-call debate draws 20 Minn. gov hopefuls The unwieldy size of the Minnesota governor's race showed Wednesday as 20 candidates answered a cattle call to debate less than a week before Tuesday's precinct caucuses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/27/gubernatorial-debate?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jan 2010 18:48:50 -0600 Minn. House filing second brief challenging Pawlenty's unallotment The Minnesota House will file a second legal brief supporting the court challenge of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2009 budget fix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/26/pawlenty-house-filing?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:42:20 -0600 Dayton outlines tax increase plan for wealthy DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton offered new details Monday about his proposal to raise income taxes for the wealthiest 10 percent of Minnesotans. He said the change would bring fairness to the tax system and provide the state much-needed revenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/dayton-taxes?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:05:55 -0600 Rep. Bachmann calls for new ground rules in health care debate Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says new ground rules are needed in the debate over federal health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/bachmann-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:49:25 -0600 Proposed expansion of sex offender facility raises questions A proposed expansion of the Moose Lake sex offender facility is raising questions about the state's civil commitment policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/civil-commitments?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:44:45 -0600 Bachmann to present new health care reform strategy Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and the state's GOP legislative leaders are proposing a new strategy for health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/bachmann-health-care-plan?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:56:45 -0600 Abortion opponents hold annual Capitol rally Abortion opponents held their annual rally outside the Capitol Friday, to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/mcclrally?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:41:23 -0600 Veteran state legislator announces retirement A veteran state legislator has announced today Friday that he plans to retire this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/steve-murphy-retirement?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 14:29:22 -0600 Mixed reaction over Supreme Court campaign finance ruling Campaign finance watchdogs in Minnesota and across the nation are blasting a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that they claim will dramatically expand the influence of big business and labor unions on elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/campaign-finance-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:12:37 -0600 Army vet joins Minn. governor's race as IP candidate Retired Army Lt. Col. Joe Repya has joined the race for the Independence Party nomination for governor, saying he would serve only one term if elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/repya?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:43:00 -0600 A busy week in Minnesota governor's race Three days after Norm Coleman decided not to run for governor, DFLer Mark Dayton formally launched his campaign and two former Republicans joined the race as IP candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/dayton-governor-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:18:37 -0600 Lawmakers want to combat obesity in Minn. schools A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to combat obesity in Minnesota by improving physical activity and nutrition in public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/obesity-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:30:54 -0600 Candidates adjust to earlier political calendar The rules are different this election year and many dates on the campaign calendar have been moved up; that's left the candidates scrambling to gain ground 10 months before Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/18/election-calendar-changes?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Rob Hahn, publisher, joins gov race for Independence Party A St. Paul businessman and political novice is entering the race for governor as an Independence Party of Minnesota candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/hahn-independence-party?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:27:31 -0600 GAMC supporters voice concerns over program's cut at Senate hearing A state-subsidized health care plan for low-income Minnesotans is scheduled to end in just over six weeks, and some of the people who will lose coverage are speaking out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/gamc-senate-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:46:49 -0600 Anderson quits gov's race, says Coleman is a factor Republican Pat Anderson said that she will end her campaign for governor and run for state auditor, saying her campaign was hampered by speculation over a potential Norm Coleman candidacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/pat-anderson?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:15:00 -0600 Field of gubernatorial candidates continues to grow The field of candidates in Minnesota's crowded race for governor is still growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/gubernatorial-candidates?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:02:48 -0600 Norm Coleman: Should he or shouldn't he run for governor? Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he could decide by the end of the month whether he'll run for governor. Speculation about a Coleman run has been casting a long shadow over the Republican contest. And opinions within the GOP about his potential candidacy appear deeply divided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/10/coleman-future?refid=0 Sun, 10 Jan 2010 17:56:27 -0600 State employee union proposes cutting Pawlenty appointees Minnesota's second largest state employees union says Gov. Pawlenty can help solve the state's budget problem by reducing the number of management positions and outside contracts in his administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/mape-budgetsavings?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 12:39:25 -0600 Swanson to continue fight for foreclosure mediation law Attorney General Lori Swanson is again calling for a statewide mediation process for Minnesotans facing home foreclosure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/swanson-foreclosure-bill?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:15:42 -0600 'Beyond the Yellow Ribbon' participants honored at ceremony Minnesota National Guard officials are honoring several participants in its Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/beyond-yellow-ribbon?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:33:32 -0600 Spending cuts a top issue for Minn. legislators in 2010 Minnesota legislators are trying to get an early start on the state's projected $1.2 billion budget deficit before the 2010 session starts on Feb. 4, and some are wondering just how much state spending is left to cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/spending-cuts-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Economic development chief under fire from DFLers A key DFL leader says he wants to replace Dan McElroy as commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development. McElroy has no plans to leave, which could set the stage for a confirmation showdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/mcelroy?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty: Taxes won't pay for new Vikings stadium Gov. Tim Pawlenty is tempering expectations around a new football stadium a day after a public commission released a fresh design and cost figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/pawlenty-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:53:37 -0600 Pawlenty calls special election to fill Day's seat Gov. Tim Pawlenty has called a special election next month to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/pawlenty-senate-special-election?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:02:10 -0600 Minn. leans on higher ed systems to cover bills Minnesota finance officials say they are borrowing more extensively from one state higher education system, and will pay another system late, to keep the state budget from going into the red. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/budget-borrowing?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:17:01 -0600 Pawlenty remains opposed to racino Gov. Tim Pawlenty is re-affirming his opposition to an expansion of gambling in Minnesota, including the ongoing effort to allow slot machines at two horse racing tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/pawlenty-racino?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:10:14 -0600 Minnesota candidates: No Child Left Behind not working Concerns about how federal education regulations are affecting Minnesota schools are turning up in the race for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/leaving-no-child-behind?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 14:11:15 -0600 DFLers propose extending medical plan for poor DFL legislators announced a plan Thursday to keep offering state-subsidized health care to low-income adults, even though Gov. Pawlenty vetoed funding for it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/dflers-gamc?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:00:12 -0600 Debate begins over proposed budget cap amendment A Minnesota Senate committee today began examining a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state government spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/amendment?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 15:34:32 -0600 Two mayors call for special session on deficit Two Minnesota mayors are urging Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special session this month to address the state's $1.2 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/specialsession?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 14:51:29 -0600 Vikings fans rally for new stadium A few dozen Minnesota Vikings fans gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Thursday to show their support for the team and a new stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/vikes_fans?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:10:05 -0600 Budget shortfall renews political showdown State finance officials say the state is facing a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall for the current two-year budget cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/budget?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 08:22:28 -0600 State Rep. Demmer announces run for Congress against Walz State Rep. Randy Demmer says he'll once again run for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/demmer-candidacy?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 15:40:08 -0600 Senate panel to hold hearing on key funding source for charter schools A Minnesota Senate panel will hold a hearing next week on possible changes to a key funding source for charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/charter-school-law?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:40:30 -0600 DFL gubernatorial candidates differ on sales tax expansion The DFL candidates running for governor have been pretty vocal about raising income taxes for wealthy Minnesotans as a way to solve the state's fiscal problems, but some Democrats say an income tax increase alone won't solve the state's ongoing budget problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/dfl-candidates-sales-tax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Officials discuss scope of Minn. construction bill DFL Leaders in the Minnesota House say they plan to take quick action on a borrowing bill next year to try to create much needed construction jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/30/borrowing-bill?refid=0 Mon, 30 Nov 2009 15:56:15 -0600 Next budget forecast to show shortfall Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he expects a new economic forecast coming next week will show a hole in the current two-year budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/pawlenty-budget?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 14:06:07 -0600 Minn. GOP biggest user of tax break Pawlenty axed There's more evidence that Minnesota Republicans were hit hardest by the recent elimination of a state tax refund for political contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/state-tax-refunds?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 14:15:57 -0600 Critics call Pawlenty's radio show too partisan Democrats say Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been using his weekly radio program to promote his national ambitions, which they say is a misuse of Minnesota airwaves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/radioshow?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. property taxes to rise an average of 3.5% State officials say property tax rates will increase an average of 3.5 percent when proposed local levies are adopted later this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/property-tax-increase?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:16:53 -0600 Watchdog group calling for Bachmann investigation The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, is calling for an investigation of Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/bachmann-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:15:14 -0600 Leaders adjusting sick leave for Capitol staff to combat H1N1 Leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate are adjusting sick leave policies for staffers to prepare for a potential flu outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/sick-leave-capitol?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:58:17 -0600 Pawlenty's power to cut state budget lands in court A Minnesota judge is weighing whether to temporarily reverse budget cuts made by Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the request of those who say he exceeded his authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/minn-house-may-wade-into-budget-cut-lawsuit?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 11:14:04 -0600 Big Minn. union backs Kelliher for governor Minnesota's second largest state employee union is lending its backing to Democratic candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher in the 2010 governor's race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/kelliher-mape?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:43:22 -0600 Pawlenty, senators mark Veterans Day in Minn. State political and military leaders offered words of praise and thanks to Minnesota veterans Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony in Inver Grove Heights. They also pledged to continue working on public policies aimed at helping veterans and their families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/mn-vetsday?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:00:20 -0600 8 gubernatorial candidates attending forum in St. Peter Gubernatorial candidates representing four political parties are expected at a nonpartisan forum Monday night at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/gubernatorial-forum?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2009 13:52:15 -0600 Rep. Tim Walz says he'll support House health care bill Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz said he'll support the House health care bill that's scheduled for a vote on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/walz-healthcare-bill?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 17:47:28 -0600 Finance board says Rybak survey violated reporting rules The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said Friday that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak violated state reporting requirements when he paid for an opinion survey earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/rybak-campaign-violation?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 13:39:36 -0600 Supporters say they're ready to back Rybak for governor Mayor R.T. Rybak won his third term in Tuesday's election and some speculate he is poised to launch his 2010 campaign, but even though he's been acting like a gubernatorial candidate for several months, he says he's not in a hurry to officially enter the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/rybak-governor-run?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 16:15:52 -0600 Rybak re-elected, mum on governor's race Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was elected to a third term Tuesday night, winning 74 percent of the vote in an 11-candidate field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/minneapolis-mayor-race?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 22:28:13 -0600 Study says Minnesota is tops in civic engagement A new report released Monday ranks Minnesota tops in the nation for civic involvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/civic-health-engagement?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:30:49 -0600 In rare step, state GOP backs school board candidates The Republican Party of Minnesota is taking the rare step of backing candidates in four local school board elections Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/gop-backs-school-board-candidates?refid=0 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 15:05:07 -0600 Primary election likely to move to August Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he supports moving up Minnesota's primary elections to August next year in response to a new federal mandate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/primarydate?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:49:34 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates stress post-secondary education at forum At least a third of the candidates running for governor say they want to make sure post-secondary education is affordable and accessible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/gubernatorial-candidates-education?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:03:44 -0500 Two DFLers compete to take on Michele Bachmann Two DFL candidates are battling for the right to challenge 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in next year's election. It might take an expensive and divisive primary to decide which one of them gets the party nomination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/6thdistrict-dems?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Business money will speed up new road projects Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota companies that benefit from highway improvements should be willing to share in the construction costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/transpo-funding?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 14:37:53 -0500 Minnesota veterans homes to get controversial TVs Thirteen flat-screen TVs that Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered removed from a Minnesota sex offender treatment facility will wind up in veterans homes instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/pawlenty-tvs-to-veterans?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:01:46 -0500 Labor unions moving toward 2010 endorsements Minnesota's most influential labor organizations are moving quickly to select their preferred candidates for governor in 2010, and candidates, like former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton seen here at Education Minnesota Professional Conference, are taking steps to make themselves an attractive choice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/labor-unions-endorsements?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:39:14 -0500 Pawlenty, top Democrats meet over breakfast They met Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in St. Paul for about 90 minutes to talk about the 2010 legislative session, which starts Feb. 4. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/gov-demsmeet?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 10:34:55 -0500 Still no gubernatorial candidate for Independence Party The Independence Party -- Minnesota's third major party -- is looking for a candidate that can repeat former governor Jesse Ventura's 1998 win, but so far the party has been unsuccessful in recruiting candidates to enter the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/independence-party-2010?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Former state Sen. Kelley launches bid for governor Former state Sen. Steve Kelley has launched his second bid to become Minnesota's governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/kelley?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:00:37 -0500 Gubernatorial candidates share views at first bipartisan forum The Republicans and Democrats running for governor share similar concerns about hunger and poverty, but they're offering sharply different solutions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/gubernatorial-forum?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 16:58:28 -0500 Pawlenty offers his prescription for health reform On the same day a U.S. Senate committee approved a sweeping health care reform bill, Gov. Tim Pawlenty unveiled his own more modest plan he says will rein in health care costs in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/pawlenty-health-reform?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 16:25:21 -0500 Minnesota nurses rally against cuts to subsidized health care Minnesota nurses are calling for tax increases to protect subsidized health care for more than 30,000 low-income adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/minnesota-nurses-rally-against-cuts-to-subsidized-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:30:50 -0500 Reed says she won't abide by DFL endorsement Sixth District Congressional candidate Maureen Reed said she'll no longer pledge to abide by the DFL endorsement after being overlooked by labor unions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/maureen-reed?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 16:16:11 -0500 Chris Coleman says he won't run for governor Coleman made the announcement this afternoon at his office in St. Paul. It came as a surprise to some observers who had expected Coleman, a DFLer, to run for governor next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/chriscoleman?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 15:04:17 -0500 GOP lawmaker: Slots could buy new Vikings stadium A Republican legislator says the state could pay for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium with the revenue from slot machines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/05/gop-lawmaker-to-propose-vikings-stadium-funding?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:00:59 -0500 Pawlenty says Minnesota needs to keep Vikings The governor said on his weekly radio show Friday that the Metrodome's time is fading and that "we need to find a way to keep our Minnesota Vikings." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/pawlenty-metrodome-vikings?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 11:26:36 -0500 DFL gubernatorial candidates share similar views at forum DFL candidates for governor offered similar views on taxes, job creation, education and other issues during a forum today Thursday Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/dfl-candidates-forum?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 14:49:10 -0500 GOP gov. candidates join call for ACORN probe Five Republican candidates for governor signed a letter today asking Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to investigate the community organizing group ACORN. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/acorn-gop?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:32:44 -0500 Straw poll could pave way for top GOP choices In a straw poll later this week, Minnesota Republican Party delegates may thin the field when they select their top choices from among the nine GOP candidates currently running for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/28/gop-poll?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers look for ideas to jump-start job growth Minnesota lawmakers are looking for ideas on how to grow new jobs and turn around the state's unemployment rate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/lawmakers-job-growth?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 09:58:26 -0500 Minnesota mayors plan more active role in governor's race Mayors from throughout Minnesota say they plan to take a more active role in next year's gubernatorial race to try to preserve state funding for cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/mayors-governor-election?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:22:48 -0500 DFL gubernatorial candidates candid about possible tax raises After more than a decade without a general state tax increase, most of the Democrats running for governor say they would consider raising taxes to help solve Minnesota's financial problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/dfl-gubernatorial-candidates?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:25:34 -0500 Employee in state auditor's office making run for top position An employee in the state auditor's office has announced that he's running to replace his boss. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/state-auditor-challenge?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:57:37 -0500 'Gold Star' plates about to hit Minn. roadways Minnesota National Guard and Veterans Affairs officials planned to show off the "Gold Star Families" plates at the Capitol on Tuesday. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and first lady Mary Pawlenty were scheduled to attend along with family members of soldiers killed in action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/gold-star-plates?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 06:39:49 -0500 Pawlenty, Obama butt heads over health care, spending Gov. Tim Pawlenty is ramping up his criticism of President Barack Obama on a variety of issues--from health care to defense spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/19/pawlenty-value-voters?refid=0 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:55:43 -0500 GOP gubernatorial candidates reject global warming science Nearly all of the Republicans running for governor next year say they don't believe in human-caused climate change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/gop-candidates-global-warming?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Kelliher announces run for governor Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher officially launched her campaign today at the farm near Mankato where she grew up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/16/kelliher-to-announce-candidacy-for-governor?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:45:46 -0500 DFL hosts instant-runoff practice sessions in Minneapolis Minneapolis voters will get to show their preferences among the DFL candidates for governor today while practicing a new voting procedure that they'll use this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/ranked-choice-voting-workshops?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 09:01:09 -0500 GOP reps. push for guaranteed right to private health care Three Republican state representatives say they want Minnesota voters to decide whether to protect their ability to purchase private health insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/14/state-republicans-push-for-guaranteed-rights-to-private-health-care?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Eight fallen soldiers honored at Capitol The nonprofit Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund honored eight soldiers, including four who were killed in action, during a ceremony today Friday at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/fallen-soldiers-ceremony?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:51:04 -0500 Pawlenty's support of Virginia candidate draws criticism Democrats in two states are blasting Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty as he campaigns in Virginia today for that state's Republican gubernatorial candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/pawlenty-va?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:35:10 -0500 Current and former state legislators wrestle with budget concerns Current and former state lawmakers say it's time to start getting a handle on Minnesota's pending financial crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/lawmakers-financial-crisis?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Republicans bow out of state economic summit Several key Republicans are refusing to participate today in a meeting on the state's future budget challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/mn-pols-forums?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 06:47:21 -0500 Rybak, Coleman campaign at the fair Right now, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are running for re-election in their respective cities. It might just be a matter of time, however, before they find themselves running against each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/mayors-running?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 16:00:23 -0500 DFL Gubernatorial candidates stump at State Fair Republican and DFL candidates for governor are spending a lot of time at the Minnesota State Fair this year. They're trying to build some early momentum in a contest that won't be won for another 14 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/state-democrats-stump-at-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 02 Sep 2009 06:53:44 -0500 Minnesota-based Army unit headed to Afghanistan A Minnesota-based Army Reserve unit is sending 130 soldiers to Afghanistan to build bridges, roads and military facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/31/soldier-deployment?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:06:11 -0500 Pawlenty downplays report on presidential run A Bloomberg.com news story today said Gov. Tim Pawlenty acknowledged in an interview that he was considering running for president if he gets some momentum nationally. But the governor is downplaying that report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/pawlenty-njvisit?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 14:31:21 -0500 Overflow crowd turns up for Bachmann health care meeting Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she wants health care reform, but not what see views as a government takeover of health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/bachmann-health-care-town-hall?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 17:00:22 -0500 Pawlenty unveils two health care initiatives; defends his record The Republican governor has been a frequent critic of President Obama's efforts to reform health care at the federal level. Pawlenty tried to demonstrate today how market-driven reform in Minnesota is the better approach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/healthspending?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 17:05:50 -0500 Sales tax money for arts, outdoors moving slowly Dedicated funding from a voter-approved sales tax increase has been accumulating since July 1st, but state lawmakers learned today that the spending of the money will move slowly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/legacy-amendment-money-moving-slowly?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:28:53 -0500 Lower sales tax revenues may hamstring arts, outdoors projects State officials say lower-than-expected sales tax revenue could have an impact on the planned spending for outdoors and cultural projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/declining-sales-tax-legacy-funds?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:21:21 -0500 This week, lawmakers to scrutinize disbanded gang strike force Several Minnesota House and Senate committees will take a closer look this week at the disbanded Metro Gang Strike Force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/lawmakers-scrutinize-gang-strike-force?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 06:49:20 -0500 GOP governor candidates meet public in Roseville At least eight of nine Republicans on a growing list of gubernatorial hopefuls converged Thursday night in Roseville to make pitches for their campaigns during a GOP picnic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/21/gop-picnic?refid=0 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 06:27:23 -0500 Are co-ops the answer to health care reform? A North Dakota senator says nonprofit cooperatives may be the solution the country's health care problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/health-coops?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:44:12 -0500 Rybak, Pawlenty spar over budgets Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and DFL Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak are engaging in a broadcast war of words today over taxes and spending policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/rybak-pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 12:57:54 -0500 House Speaker Kelliher files papers to run for governor House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher filed paperwork Thursday to run for governor in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/margaret-anderson-kelliher-governor-run?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:58:15 -0500 Minnesota AG sues clinic pushing credit cards on patients Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is taking legal action against a health care clinic for pushing credit cards on patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/swanson-takes-on-credit-card-pushing-clinic?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:23:05 -0500 GOP targets Walz, Peterson on health care reform Minnesota Republicans are trying to turn up the heat on two of the state's Democratic congressmen as part of a wider GOP effort to defeat the health care reform bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/healthcare-debate?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 17:25:09 -0500 Lawmakers not satisfied with services for unemployed Members of a Minnesota House panel told state officials today to do a better job serving unemployed workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/jobless-programs?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 16:57:47 -0500 Pawlenty says GOP needs to be more inclusive In a speech today to the Republican National Committee, Gov. Tim Pawlenty lambasted President Obama's policies and said the GOP needs to welcome conservative Democrats and independents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/pawlenty-rnc?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:35:04 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty's speech to RNC continues 2012 speculation Gov. Tim Pawlenty is giving a speech Thursday to the Republican National Committee in San Diego that reinforces growing speculation he will be a GOP candidate for president in 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/pawlenty-national-stage?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 State agencies outline $11 million in budget cuts Minnesota state agencies will spend less on everything from office supplies to managing parks and taxes to meet Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget-cutting target. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/budget-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:59:03 -0500 Pawlenty urges Minn. delegation to 'abandon' health reform bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty outlined his concerns about a health care reform bill Tuesday in a letter he sent to the state's Congressional delegation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/pawlenty-healthcare-concern?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:02:46 -0500 Coleman won't decide on run for gov til 2010 A spokesman for Republican Norm Coleman said Monday that Coleman won't announce whether he's in or out of the governor's race until March or April of next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/coleman_govdecision?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:53:14 -0500 Pawlenty takes post at national GOP governor group The Republican Governors Association announced today that Governor Tim Pawlenty will be its new vice chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/27/pawlenty-governors-association?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 10:01:14 -0500 Pawlenty, Doyle plan protections for St. Croix River Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle are pledging to keep working together to clean up the St. Croix River, which serves as the border between the two states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/mn-wi-river-protection?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 16:24:08 -0500 Thissen joins DFL field for Minnesota governor Democratic state Rep. Paul Thissen is looping back to Minneapolis to formalize his campaign for governor on Thursday after spending weeks on the road talking about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/thissen-governor-run?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 14:45:44 -0500 Pawlenty visits troops in Afghanistan Gov. Tim Pawlenty has followed up his weekend trip to Iraq with a stop in Afghanistan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/pawlenty_afghanistan?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:10:13 -0500 Obama's health care campaign hits Minnesota President Barack Obama has mobilized his campaign organization in Minnesota and other states to help build support for health care legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/obama_healthcareevents?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:53:32 -0500 Family, friends remember Minn. Army Ranger With the passing of another soldier in the Middle East with Minnesota ties, the past few days have been some of the toughest in years for Minnesota families with loved ones at war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/kopp_obit?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 16:54:19 -0500 McCollum, Paulsen concerned about inequities in health care reform plan The national health care debate came to the state Capitol on Monday, as U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota heard from a variety of observers about the health care reform being discussed in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/mccollum_health_bill?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:48:42 -0500 GOP launches campaign against Secretary of State Ritchie Minnesota Republicans say they've begun a campaign to defeat DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in next year's election. Democrats are calling it a smear campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/ritchie_campaign?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:35:12 -0500 Hann joins GOP race for governor Sen. Dave Hann, a businessman from Eden Prairie, formally announced his gubernatorial campaign today surrounded by family members and political supporters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/hann_forgov?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 12:13:30 -0500 Gingrich, Pawlenty pan health care proposal Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich are giving similarly bad reviews to the health care reform bill introduced this week in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/gingrich_pawlenty_health_care?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 06:30:08 -0500 Pawlenty says proposed health care plan bad for Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the legislation unveiled this week to overhaul the nation's health care system is bad for Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/15/helath_care_forum?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:44:21 -0500 Ramstad not running for governor Republican former U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad says he won't run for Minnesota governor. He announced the decision in an e-mail on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/ramstad_notrunning?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 16:19:48 -0500 Attorney General accuses debt arbitrator of fraud Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is accusing a St. Louis Park company that arbitrates consumer credit disputes of consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/arbitrator?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:55:03 -0500 McCollum: Efficiencies can pay for health care reform U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum says all funding options, including a tax increase, should be on the table as lawmakers debate a federal health care reform measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/13/mccollum_health?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2009 12:15:26 -0500 Gov. Pawlenty formally approves unallotment plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty marked the start of the new fiscal year Wednesday by formally approving a plan to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/unallotment_day?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:50:24 -0500 Democrats continue criticism of Pawlenty's cuts DFL leaders turned up the heat Tuesday on Gov. Tim Pawlenty over his go-it-alone-budget balancing plan, but his proposed spending cuts and accounting shifts are still moving forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/dfl_pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:57:44 -0500 Wisconsin officials yet to agree to Pawlenty's tax reciprocity request One piece of Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment plan relies on Wisconsin agreeing to a faster payback of income tax revenue owed to Minnesota, but Wisconsin officials have not yet responded to the request. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/tax_reciprocity?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Ellison says Mecca trip was within House ethics rules U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota is facing criticism after accepting a free pilgrimage to Mecca from a Muslim organization in Minnesota. His office says the trip was approved ahead of time by the House Ethics Committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/ellison_mecca_trip?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:25:35 -0500 Parties see wave of donations as Pawlenty axes tax refund Political parties in Minnesota have seen a surge in donations after Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to eliminate a tax refund for political contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/political_contributions_tax_refund?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:01:00 -0500 Lawmakers propose 'ecodriving' training to save fuel Two DFL legislators say driver education could be the key to saving fuel and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/ecodriving?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 13:40:02 -0500 Group wants campaign contribution refunds maintained A government watchdog group is criticizing Gov. Tim Pawlenty's decision to end a state tax refund for political contributions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/22/campaign_contributions_refund?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2009 13:55:45 -0500 DFL leaders call Pawlenty's unallotment a 'misuse of power' DFL leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate say Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed unilateral budget cuts are a misuse of power and will add too many people to the unemployment line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/dfl_unallotment?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 19:56:00 -0500 Critics take aim at Pawlenty's plan Hospital officials and DFL legislators say Gov. Pawlenty's budget plan is painful and unwise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/unallotfollow?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:51:06 -0500 Local governments, human services take brunt of budget cuts Gov. Tim Pawlenty has released his plan to erase a $2.7 billion budget deficit, with local governments and state subsidized health care programs taking significant hits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/unallotments?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:04:08 -0500 Klobuchar to introduce 'dig once' bill Sen. Amy Klobuchar has introduced legislation called the "dig once" bill, that would require the installation of underground broadband conduit in any federally-funded transportation project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/dig_once?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:01:51 -0500 3 prominent DFLers consider run for governor St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak appeared at an event at the State Capitol today, and all three said they're considering whether to run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/threedems_gov?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:55:01 -0500 Seifert gives up leadership post, ponders run for governor Minnesota House Minority Leader Marty Seifert of Marshall says he is stepping down as GOP caucus leader and considering a run for governor in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/seifert?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 15:00:56 -0500 DFLers say Pawlenty's call for budget ideas too late Gov. Tim Pawlenty has told legislators he wants to hear their latest budget-cutting suggestions by Friday. But some DFL lawmakers aren't taking him up on the offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/unallot_advice?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Mayors urge Pawlenty to go easy on local aid cuts Mayors and other local government officials throughout Minnesota are calling on Gov. Tim Pawlenty to go easy on them when he uses his emergency budget-cutting authority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/cities_budgetcuts?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 11:19:19 -0500 Pawlenty ready to go it alone on budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll move quickly to close a lingering $2.7 billion budget gap through a mix of spending cuts and delayed state payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/session_folo?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 16:00:42 -0500 No deal on a state budget yet Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislative leaders say they're still trying to find a compromise for erasing the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit, but the clock is quickly running out. A closed-door meeting today produced no breakthrough agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/session_lastday?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 17:00:45 -0500 House votes for tougher seat belt law The Minnesota House waited until the last day of the session to pass a bill that would allow police to stop vehicles solely for seat belt violations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/seatbelt?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 16:05:24 -0500 Cut in aid to outstate cities may result in higher property tax Mayors from throughout Minnesota are calling on state lawmakers to reach a budget agreement that protects them from deep cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/16/local_government_aid?refid=0 Sat, 16 May 2009 11:25:45 -0500 Prison and state court bill passes without line-item veto Gov. Tim Pawlenty has put another small piece of the state budget puzzle in place by signing a funding bill for prisons and the state court system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/16/state_court_prison_bill?refid=0 Sat, 16 May 2009 11:16:41 -0500 Potential budget cut worries outstate Minn. officials City and county officials say they're concerned about Governor Tim Pawlenty's plan to end the Legislative session and balance the budget on his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/15/local_goverment_aid_pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 06:47:21 -0500 House approves emergency funding plan The Minnesota House passed legislation to keep state government running at current base funding levels if an agreement isn't reached on a new two-year budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/budget_wed?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 14:04:30 -0500 No compromises yet in Minn. budget negotiations There's still no overall budget agreement at the Capitol, but Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate say they still plan to pass all their remaining budget bills by Wednesday night, and send them to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/12/legislative_update?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 17:24:12 -0500 Minn. lawmakers start final week billions apart The final week of the Legislative session is underway with no agreement in sight for erasing the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. But Gov. Tim Pawlenty tried to kick start the negotiations today by partially pulling back on one of his key budget provisions, and agreeing to two others offered by Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/minn_lawmakers_start_final_week_billions_apart?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 15:18:16 -0500 One week left in the regular session State lawmakers are entering the final full week of the regular 2009 legislative session, and there is still no agreement on how to erase a projected $4.6 budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 09:00:59 -0500 State lawmakers, Pawlenty down to final week of session State lawmakers have just one week left to reach a budget agreement and erase a $4.6 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/state_budget?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2009 06:03:56 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes jobs bill over Xcel center loan provision Governor Tim Pawlenty has vetoed an economic development bill that included a provision to forgive nearly $33 million on the loan for St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/pawlenty_veto?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 06:49:19 -0500 Pawlenty vetoes tax bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty has followed through on his threat to quickly veto a $1 billion package of tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/tax_bill?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 06:05:51 -0500 Budget clock is ticking at Capitol State lawmakers have less than two weeks left in the legislative session to wrap up a new two-year state budget. But there's little sign of progress lately. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/sessionupdate?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 15:41:34 -0500 Bill to forgive Xcel Center loan goes to the governor State lawmakers have passed an economic development budget bill that includes a contentious loan provision for St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/pondmoney?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 15:07:25 -0500 Union pitches plan to help fix ailing Minn. budget A public employee union says Minnesota leaders should more aggressively chase debts to the state, cut agency managers and limit the use of consultants to help address the state's budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/budget_union?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 11:45:42 -0500 Budget deadlines looming over lawmakers State lawmakers are entering the final two weeks of the legislative session. All of the budget and tax bills must be out of conference committees by midnight on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 08:48:38 -0500 Senate GOP leader predicts gambling revenue will erase budget deficit The Republican minority leader in the Minnesota Senate is predicting that gambling revenue might end up helping lawmakers erase a $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/senjem_gambling?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 07:25:34 -0500 Nuclear power moratorium remains in Minnesota The Minnesota House has rejected an effort to lift the state's ban on new nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/no_nuclear?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:18:33 -0500 State well prepared to handle outbreak Minnesota officials say the state has a detailed plan and is well-prepared to handle a potential influenza outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/state_well_prepared_to_handle_outbreak?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:31:52 -0500 House, Senate pass health and welfare bills The Minnesota House and Senate have passed separate Health and Human Services finance bills that use federal economic stimulus money to maintain current eligibility for state-subsidized health benefits. Both versions reduce spending, but not by as much as Gov. Tim Pawlenty has called for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/senate_approves_cuts_to_health_and_welfare?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 23:00:10 -0500 Taxes and health care lead agenda at Capitol Despite veto warnings from Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate passed new tax increases last week. And they're expected to give the Republican governor another veto target today with the passage of a large finance bill for Health and Human Services programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 09:51:43 -0500 Lawmaker injured by drunk driver A veteran state legislator escaped serious injury in an early-morning traffic accident today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/lawmaker_injured_by_drunk_driver?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 11:00:55 -0500 Minn. House rejects Pawlenty's borrowing plan The House overwhelmingly rejected an amendment to the state government bill that would borrow $1 billion and pay the money back over twenty years with future tobacco revenues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/house_rejects_governers_bill?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 05:59:43 -0500 Minn. House passes legislation to hold school funding flat A K-12 education spending bill that would hold school funding flat for the coming two years has cleared the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/minn_house_passes_legislation_to_hold_school_funding_flat?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty praises union contract agreement Governor Tim Pawlenty is praising the state's two largest public employee unions for accepting a two-year salary freeze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/pawlenty_union?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:17:17 -0500 House passes higher ed bill that caps tuition Under the measure, tuition hikes would be capped at 2 percent each of the next two years for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/house_higer_education_tuition_caps?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 08:45:25 -0500 State unions, lawmakers busy at the Capitol Today could be another long day for lawmakers in the Minnesota House and Senate as they continue to debate spending bills. And there's word of a tentative contract agreement between top state employee unions and the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/capitol?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 08:42:35 -0500 State employees avoid furloughs in tentative contract Minnesota's two largest public employee unions have reached a tentative contract agreement that avoids the possibility of unpaid furloughs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/stateemployees_deal?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:40:39 -0500 Minn. House cuts ag budget, boosts spending on vets The bill would slash the state Agriculture Department's budget by more than 8 percent, including a 20 percent cut to ethanol subsidies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/housebudget?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 15:41:10 -0500 House DFLers: State 'can't afford' some current tax breaks Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing to raise income taxes for the state's wealthiest residents and scrap many of the tax breaks those same people now enjoy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/state_lawmakers_first_look_tax_hikes?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:20:58 -0500 Tax bills set agenda at Capitol DFLers in the Minnesota House and Senate are expected to unveil tax bills this week that spell out which taxes they want to raise as part of their plans to erase a projected $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 09:02:52 -0500 Little agreement at Capitol as deadlines loom The Minnesota House and Senate resumed work Tuesday after a holiday break, and deep disagreements remain over how to erase the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/sessiondeadline?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:31:24 -0500 Clock is ticking for lawmakers Just five weeks remain in the 2009 legislative session, and deep disagreements remain over how to erase the state's $4.6 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/capitol?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 08:58:20 -0500 Senate DFLers approve cuts to education funding The Minnesota Senate has given preliminary approval to an education funding bill that cuts state spending for public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/senate_edfunding?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 13:27:30 -0500 Minn. House passes $200M bonding bill, stimulus spending bills The Minnesota House passed a $200 million borrowing plan for public construction projects on Monday. The House also passed a pair of stimulus spending bills aimed at water infastructure projects and unemployment funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/minnhouse_bills?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 16:52:56 -0500 Minn. Senate votes to lift host of state mandates The Minnesota Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that relieves cities, counties and school districts from dozens of state-imposed mandates. The bill is aimed at helping local officials save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/mandaterelief?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:13:46 -0500 Bonding and education top issues this week at the Capitol The state House takes up a bonding bill today aimed at getting some construction projects underway throughout the state. The Senate is expected to vote on an education bill that cuts spending on public schools and raises taxes this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 11:06:12 -0500 School districts have nearly $1 billion in reserve At a time when many Minnesota school boards have been cutting programs and laying off teachers, school districts as a whole are sitting on record budget reserves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/school_district_reserves?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 16:00:00 -0500 Senate gives initial OK to new nuclear plants he Minnesota Senate has voted to repeal the state's ban on building new nuclear power plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/senate_gives_initial_ok_to_new_nuclear_plants?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 13:41:25 -0500 Senate education bill cuts spending The Senate education committee unveiled a bill Wednesday that would reduce school spending by $972 million. But that number would be cut in half when federal stimulus money is factored in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/educationbill?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 15:38:22 -0500 Minn. grandmother: Make fishing free for elders State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let all Minnesota residents age 90 or older fish for free. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/elder_anglers?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 11:59:30 -0500 Budget disagreements front and center at Capitol This week, all eyes return to the state's $4.6 billion sate budget deficit and the growing disagreements between Governor Tim Pawlenty and the DFL-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/pugmire?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:46:46 -0500 Pawlenty proposes state workers take unpaid leave Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing that state employees agree to take up to 48 days of unpaid leave over the next two years as a way to save money. Union officials say the plan for forced furloughs is unacceptable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/furlough?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:15:28 -0500 Medical marijuana bill clears House panel Legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes has cleared another panel in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/medical_marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 15:05:23 -0500 Plan would put Lake Wobegon County on the map Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, is introducing a bill that would combine all of Stearns and Benton counties and the northern part of Sherburne County. Right now she's calling it "Lake Wobegon County." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/wobegon_county?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 07:35:32 -0500 Legislative subcommittee approves faculty contract A labor contract praised by Gov. Tim Pawlenty for saving money and minimizing layoffs might not do either. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/legislative_subcommittee_approves_faculty_contract?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 13:57:00 -0500 DFL budget revenue the big question at the Capitol State lawmakers now have three budget proposals to consider as they try to solve a projected $4.6 billion deficit. But big questions remain about the new tax revenue that House and Senate Democrats say they need to make their plans work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:50:30 -0500 House budget plan increases taxes, cuts spending Democrats in the Minnesota House have released a proposal to erase the state's projected $4.6 billion deficit with a combination of spending cuts, accounting shifts, tax increases and a big shot of one-time federal stimulus money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/dems_budget_plan?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 17:42:24 -0500 Pawlenty uses stimulus money to reverse budget cuts Gov. Tim Pawlenty's revised budget proposal uses money from the federal stimulus package to restore funding to some programs that were cut in his earlier budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/budget_revisions?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 14:33:17 -0500 House leaders to release budget proposal this week House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher of Minneapolis says the plan will not include across the board spending reductions, like those found in the DFL Senate budget proposal released last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/state_budget_proposals?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 07:38:59 -0500 Bill to provide workers more sick time clears first hurdle Legislation that would require more employers to provide their workers with paid sick time cleared its first hurdle in the Minnesota House today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/sick_time_bill?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 17:29:57 -0500 Unions push back on Pawlenty's call for pay freeze Gov. Tim Pawlenty has repeatedly urged public employees at all levels of government to accept a salary freeze as a way to avoid layoffs. But union leaders say that's an unrealistic promise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/payfreeze?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Medical marijuana bill takes another step forward A bill to allow the medical use of marijuana in Minnesota has cleared another committee in the state Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/10/med_marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 14:31:23 -0500 Tax talk heating up at the state Capitol A bill introduced today would expand the state sales tax to clothing. And a new report on the state's tax system is expected to add fuel to the idea of raising taxes as part of budget fix. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/taxtalk?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 17:13:20 -0500 School won't start till after Labor Day A Minnesota House panel has rejected a bill to allow school districts the choice of starting classes before Labor Day for the next two school years. Labor Day falls late this year and in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/laborday_delay?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 12:01:45 -0500 State budget deficit shrinks to $4.57 billion with stimulus help Without help from federal stimulus money, Minnesota's budget deficit would have grown to $6.4 billion. State finance officials will release a new economic forecast today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/03/minnesota_state_budget_deficit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 08:06:33 -0600 Legislators eye fix for red ink State finance officials release a new economic forecast today, and all signs suggest Minnesota's $4.8 billion budget deficit will grow significantly larger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/budgetpreview?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 02:30:00 -0600 Minn. budget deficit expected to rise, some say to $7 billion Three months ago, state finance officials released a forecast that projected a $4.8 billion deficit for the next two-year budget, as well as a shortfall in the current biennium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/minnesota_state_budget_deficit?refid=0 Mon, 02 Mar 2009 07:35:27 -0600 Ban on smoking in cars with kids advances A Minnesota Senate panel approved a bill Wednesday to ban smoking in cars when children are passengers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/smokingkids?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers propose flurry of constitutional amendments In the pursuit of better government, Minnesota lawmakers are considering a dozen proposals to change the state constitution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/amendments?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers want to shuffle inmates, sex offenders Several Republican lawmakers want to save the state more than $100 million by shuffling medium-security state prisoners and civilly committed sex offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/prisonswap?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:50:33 -0600 Budget to dominate another week at the Capitol Twin Cities metro area residents get their turn this week to sound off at state budget listening sessions set up by state lawmakers. Legislators held several of the town hall style meetings last week in out-state Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/capitol?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:57:47 -0600 State senator proposes $300M bonding bill State lawmakers have begun work on a $300 million borrowing plan for publicly financed construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/dfl_sen_keith_langseth_proposes_300m_bonding_bill?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 15:57:30 -0600 Stimulus money may offset increases in state budget deficit Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top financial advisor says the federal economic stimulus package might bring in enough money to offset an expected increase in the state budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/stimulushelp?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 16:21:15 -0600 Task force announces plan to create 'green jobs' A coalition of legislators and business leaders wants to create a new state government resource center to promote the growth of "green-collar" jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/16/task_force_announces_plan_to_create_green_jobs?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:05:14 -0600 Same-sex marriage bill gets renewed attention at the Capitol A proposal to legalize same-sex marriages in Minnesota is getting renewed attention at the State Capitol, even though one of the bill's authors doesn't expect more than a single hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/minnesota_same_sex_marriage_bill?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:30:28 -0600 Voter ID law fails to pass House committee The bill would have required voters to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/minnesota_voter_id_law_fails?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:39:17 -0600 Medical marijuana supporters try again Supporters of a bill to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota say they think bipartisan momentum is building for their cause this year. A state Senate committee approved the retooled measure today, but law enforcement and the governor remain opposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/med_marijuana?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 16:00:51 -0600 Pawlenty warns deficit could hit $7 billion Gov. Tim Pawlenty is warning that since the economy is not improving, Minnesota's state budget deficit is likely to grow by $1 billion or more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/bigger_deficit?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 14:23:15 -0600 Update shows state tax revenue falling short The state's latest economic update shows incoming tax revenues continue to fall short of expectations, but the situation is not getting dramatically worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/tax_revenue_short?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2009 07:44:13 -0600 Committee approves bill banning sexual predators from Web sites A Minnesota House committee approved legislation today that would ban sexual predators from social networking Web sites. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/committee_approves_bill_banning_sexual_predators_from_social_networking_sites?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 16:29:11 -0600 DFL lawmakers introduce 'People's Bailout' The "People's Bailout" bill would temporarily lift a five-year limit on welfare benefits, extend unemployment benefits and attempt to reduce home foreclosures, especially in rental properties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/peoples_bailout?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 15:14:34 -0600 Pawlenty plan meets another week of criticism Governor Tim Pawlenty's plan for solving a multi-billion dollar budget deficit is expected to face another round of criticism this week at the State Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/pawlenty?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 07:17:16 -0600 Minnesota AG, lawmakers target reverse mortgages Attorney General Lori Swanson says tougher laws are needed to prevent Minnesota senior citizens from getting stung by inappropriate reverse-mortgage loans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/reversemortgage?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 14:45:26 -0600 Budget fix would drop public arts school from state books Supporters of the Perpich Center for Arts Education are urging state lawmakers to protect the schools current funding and organizational structure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/perpich_center?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 07:00:55 -0600 Bill would give students money for graduating early Rep. Pat Garofalo of Farmington says his bill gives students a $2,500 scholarship for graduating a semester early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/early_graduation_bonus_bill?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 11:05:51 -0600 Minn. lawmakers probe, pan Pawlenty's budget plan Legislators are peeling back the layers of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget plan this week, and many DFLers say they don't like what they're seeing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/minn_lawmakers_probe_pan_pawlentys_budget_plan?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:14:35 -0600 State lawmakers dissect Governor's budget proposal State lawmakers begin dissecting Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/budget?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 07:04:45 -0600 Pawlenty tobacco plan raises questions Tobacco money could be a big piece of the budget puzzle as Minnesota lawmakers try to plug a nearly $5 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/tobaccobond?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty's budget: 2.2 percent spending cut Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday proposed a budget that cuts state spending by 2.2 percent and relies on federal stimulus funding to help erase an expected deficit of nearly $5 billion. Under the proposed budget, about 84,000 people would lose eligibility for state health programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/budget_announce?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:00:33 -0600 Pawlenty to announce budget proposal Governor Tim Pawlenty says the budget proposal he'll unveil today will cut spending to health and human services programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/budget_unviel?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:35:07 -0600 Abortion opponents rally at State Capitol Several thousand abortion opponents gathered at the State Capitol Thursday for their annual march and rally. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/roe_anniversary?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:34:42 -0600 Pawlenty pushes for more control over local budgets Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been saying he wants to change the way government operates -- not only at the State Capitol, but inside city halls and county board rooms as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/localcontrol?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 House GOP: Minnesota is a 'welfare magnet' House Republicans say Minnesota has become a "welfare magnet," and they're calling on fellow lawmakers to change the system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/welfare_reform?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:16:28 -0600 Minn. DFL delegation looking for help in D.C. DFL House leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week to learn more about the economic stimulus plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/19/fed_aid?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 07:18:28 -0600 Mark Dayton plans to run for governor Former Sen. Mark Dayton has filed papers to run for governor in 2010. Dayton served one term in the U.S. Senate from 2001-2006. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/dayton_gov?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 13:56:41 -0600 Pawlenty: Cut spending, taxes in 'challenged' era Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he wants significant reductions in government spending, including a two-year wage freeze for state employees, to help solve a projected $4.8 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/stateofstate?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:00:37 -0600 U of M hosts state legislators for annual economic conference State legislators will spend most of the day away from the Capitol Wednesday to attend a conference on economic issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/u_econ_conference?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 08:43:51 -0600 Unemployed may see expanded subsidized health care Minnesotans who have lost a job could more easily sign up for state-subsidized health care under a bill introduced in the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/health_care_subsidized?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 07:53:59 -0600 State House Democrats push to restructure schools funding Democrats in the Minnesota House have introduced legislation to restructure and simplify the funding system for public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/13/miracle?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 09:03:35 -0600 Report says Minn. budget problems here to stay A new report says Minnesota will face long-term budget problems as the population ages. A special budget commission is calling for fiscal discipline to smooth out boom-and-bust budget cycles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/budget_study?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:04:59 -0600 Legislative leaders start planning for economic stimulus DFL leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate will highlight one of their priority proposals of the 2009 session Monday: a plan for creating jobs and boosting the state economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/legislative_leaders_start_planning_for_economic_stimulus?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Minn. Senate panel gives thumbs-up to roads chief Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel has won a unanimous vote of confidence in a key state Senate panel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/sorel_confirmation?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 15:03:52 -0600 Minn. proposal aims to streamline school services Minnesota leaders are looking for savings in paper, computer software, food service and other goods and services used by schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/school_services?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 11:33:11 -0600 Minn. Legislature convenes Minnesota lawmakers returned to St. Paul today facing a historic budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/minn_legislature_convenes?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:36:46 -0600 Legislators open 2009 session State lawmakers return to St. Paul today for the start of the 2009 legislative session, and a battle over taxes is looming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/minnesota_legislature_2009_session_opens?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 08:18:59 -0600 Observers say Coleman's next move comes with costs Attorneys for Republican Norm Coleman say they're ready to file a lawsuit today disputing the results of the recount in Minnesota's prolonged Senate race. But should they? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/observers_say_colemans_next_move_comes_with_costs?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 State may loosen mandates to help communities save Minnesota cities, counties and school districts could be getting a holiday next year from some state-imposed spending requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/mandate_opt_out?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2008 06:36:16 -0600 Marty forms gubernatorial exploratory committee DFL State Sen. John Marty of Roseville has launched an exploratory campaign for governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/marty_forms_gubernatorial_exploratory_committee?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:44:16 -0600 Pawlenty announces short-term budget cuts Governor Tim Pawlenty says he will reduce state aid payments to cities and counties by $110 million to help solve a short-term budget problem. Pawlenty outlined a plan Friday to cut $271 million in state spending and empty the budget reserve of $155 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/pawlenty_local_goverment_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 14:00:46 -0600 Investigation: head of Combatitive Sports Commission violated ethics The results of a state investigation allege the head of Minnesota's Combative Sports Commission violated the law by accepting a gift of free tickets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/combative?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 08:50:25 -0600 Pawlenty to announce cuts to budget Governor Tim Pawlenty will announce on Friday his plan for solving a $426 million deficit in the current state budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/pawlenty_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 07:14:32 -0600 State budget cuts could begin by the end of the week Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top budget adviser says spending cuts totaling $231 million could begin by the end of the week to address the state's short-term budget problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/state_budget_cuts_could_begin_by_the_end_of_the_week?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 16:02:58 -0600 Pawlenty leaves on trade trip to Israel Gov. Tim Pawlenty is leading a delegation of 37 business executives, community leaders and government officials on a four-day trade mission to Israel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/pawlenty_israel?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:40:59 -0600 Mayors: December cuts in state aid would be disastrous City officials from throughout Minnesota converged on the Capitol today to demand their state funding be spared from budget cuts. They say they want to do their part to help, but the timing of the cuts would mean financial disaster. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/lga_cuts?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 16:21:30 -0600 DFL leaders call for overhaul of state development agency DFL legislative leaders are blaming a lack of jobs, and the agency responsible for job creation, for the state's staggering projected $5.2 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/dfl_leaders_calling_for_overhaul_of_state_development_agency?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 14:53:51 -0600 State legislators begin work on deficit solutions A list of about $700 million in unspent state money will be a target for lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty as they search for $426 million in budget cuts. Democratic leaders are pushing for a public process involving legislative hearings before deciding what to cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/deficit_meeting?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 10:05:23 -0600 Pawlenty, lawmakers warn of huge spending cuts Gov. Pawlenty and state lawmakers are warning residents that big spending cuts will be needed to balance a huge state budget shortfall -- $5.27 billion over the next two and a half years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/deficit_bigpicture?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 16:43:54 -0600 State officials predict 'historic' budget deficit Minnesota finance officials announce Thursday the size of the deficit they see looming on the state budget horizon. Recent predictions say the shortfall could surpass $4 billion, and lawmakers will need to consider deep spending cuts and tax increases. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/deficit_preview?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 15:15:36 -0600 Pawlenty expects deficit in current state budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty says Minnesota is facing a deficit in the current budget as well as in the next two-year cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/pawlenty_deficit?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2008 14:40:53 -0600 Tax debate already beginning at Capitol Minnesota lawmakers will consider major changes in state tax policy next year as they try to solve a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/taxes?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Franken has list of 6,400 rejected ballots Democrat Al Franken's campaign says it has lists of more than 6,400 rejected absentee ballots in the Minnesota Senate race. It will press the state canvassing board to consider the rejected absentee ballots when the board meets tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/recount_tues?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 13:51:42 -0600 Both campaigns claim frivolous challenges in recount Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount enters its sixth day Tuesday, with Republican incumbent Norm Coleman still holding a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/24/disputed_ballots_rise?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 19:43:24 -0600 Lawmakers, analysts brace for possible $4B budget deficit The worsening economy appears to be taking a bigger than expected toll on the state budget. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he expects the state will face a "substantial" multi-billion dollar budget deficit next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/pawlenty_expects_substantial_multibillion_deficit?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:04:45 -0600 Officials say first day of recount off to smooth start Local election officials throughout Minnesota said there was a mostly smooth start today to the manual recount of votes in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/minnesota_recount_day_one?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 16:27:12 -0600 Franken hones absentee case ahead of recount Democrat Al Franken's Senate campaign, trailing heading into a statewide recount, argued Monday that a key Minnesota election board needs to examine rejected absentee ballots before certifying the race results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/recount_update?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 16:17:29 -0600 Minnesota group wants restrictions on voter registration A conservative political group is proposing a photo ID requirement for all Minnesota voters, and an end to same-day registration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/17/votercomplaints?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2008 12:27:54 -0600 Lawmaker say Delta may lose state tax breaks State lawmakers say Delta Air Lines might lose large tax breaks in Minnesota, once the Northwest headquarters in Eagan is relocated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/13/lawmaker_say_delta_may_lose_state_tax_breaks?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:05:08 -0600 As voting totals shift, Pawlenty expresses recount concerns Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he has concerns about the changing vote total in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/pawlenty_expresses_concerns_about_shifting_vote_totals?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 13:02:08 -0600 Pawlenty hopes to boost 'green' jobs Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will push tax credits and other incentives to companies that add jobs in the renewable energy field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/pawlentyjobs?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 10:28:16 -0600 Coleman campaign questions big Franken gains Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign is using the state's open records law to ask state and all 87 counties for access to voting data and other records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/coleman_franken_recount?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 14:42:10 -0600 Michele Bachmann retains 6th district seat Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has survived a nearly disasterous political misstep to win re-election in Minnesota's 6th district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/michele_bachmann_retains_seat?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 03:06:59 -0600 On final day, Bachmann and Tinklenberg try to win undecideds Polls show the race in Minnesota's 6th congressional district is a toss up, and both front runners were busy Monday trying to win over any undecided voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/bachmann_tinklenberg_final_day?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 16:12:02 -0600 Bachmann, Tinklenberg spar in final debate Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann says voters are not interested in her "anti-American" comments about Barack Obama and liberal members of Congress. Bachmann tried to set aside the lingering controversy today during a final debate with her Democratic challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/bachmann_tinklenberg_spar_in_final_debate?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:23:59 -0500 Facts don't support Bachmann ad claims Rep. Michele Bachmann uses a TV commercial and a new web site to accuse Democrat El Tinklenberg of breaking the law. But there's no indication Tinklenberg broke any laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/bachmannad?refid=0 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bud Grant, other outdoors advocates push for amendment's passage Minnesota hunting and fishing advocates are traveling throughout the state this week trying to convince voters to support a constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/amendment?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 14:29:43 -0500 Edina lawmaker goes it alone after override vote One of the "override six," Rep. Ron Erhardt is seeking re-election to a 10th term in the Minnesota House. But this time he's running as an independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/erhardtrace?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Poll: Dead heat in the 6th District race A new MPR News-University of Minnesota poll shows voter concerns over Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's recent comments have put her re-election bid into a statistical dead heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/poll_tinklenberg_leads_bachmann_in_the_6th_dist?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 09:55:46 -0500 Bachmann says America may be 'changed forever' if Obama elected A day after expressing regrets over comments made about presidential candidate Barack Obama last week, Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on a national conservative radio program and raised more questions about the Democratic presidential nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/michele_bachmann_obama_comments?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Bachmann: I did not say that Barack Obama is anti-American Sixth District Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann tried again today to explain what she really meant last week during a national TV interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/michele_bachmann_comments?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:45:21 -0500 Pelosi: Bachmann discredited herself with Obama remark Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's comment that Barack Obama "may have anti-American views" reflects poorly on Bachmann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/bachmann_folo?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:38:33 -0500 Democrat Tinklenberg plans big advertising blitz Sixth district congressional challenger Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg plans to launch a large advertising campaign this week, thanks to an unexpected financial windfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/19/6th_district_democrat_tinklenberg_plans_big_advertising_blitz?refid=0 Sun, 19 Oct 2008 19:34:03 -0500 Bachmann, Tinklenberg clash in debate The race in Minnesota's 6th District is heating up as national Democrats and Republicans start to put money in. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/debate_sixth_district?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 14:41:20 -0500 6th District race a referendum on Bachmann Incumbent Republican Michele Bachmann faces two challengers as she seeks a second term in Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/6thdist?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Coleman says he'll pull negative ads to focus on economy Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman said today he will suspend any negative campaign ads he has control over because of the economic crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/coleman_ads?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:11:47 -0500 Poll finds split on outdoors amendment A new Minnesota Public Radio News/University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows the level of support might not be sufficient to pass a constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/amendpoll?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Dems seek veto-proof House majority When Minnesotans go to the polls November 4th, they could deliver a major change to state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/houseraces?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 14:44:36 -0500 6th District candidates disagree on bailout, Iraq The three candidates for congress in Minnesota's 6th District met for their first debate last night in Stillwater. The proposed federal bailout of the financial industry dominated the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/6th_district?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 07:08:40 -0500 Minnesota state worker investigated for embezzlement Federal officials are investigating an employee of the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the suspected embezzlement of nearly $1 million, according to Gov. Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/embezzlement?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 12:10:36 -0500 Pawlenty to travel to UK, Spain Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced today that he'll travel to Europe next week to promote trade, energy and economic cooperation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/pawlenty_trip?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:55:56 -0500 Farm Bureau opposes constitutional amendment Officials with the Minnesota Farm Bureau announced today they're joining the campaign to defeat a constitutional amendment to raise money for the environment and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/amendmentopponents?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:20:43 -0500 Bachmann: Oil drilling should pay for bailout Republican Rep. Michele Bachman opposes the $700 billion bailout plan for the financial industry. She is trying to link the bailout with her other high-profile policy push for expanded oil drilling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/bachmann_economy?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:15:42 -0500 Campaigns spring up on both sides of amendment Supporters and opponents are gearing up for a battle this fall on a statewide campaign over a constitutional amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/22/amendcampaign?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Obama supporters hold counter rally Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will gather in downtown Minneapolis today for a rally focused on economic policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/obama_counter?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:00:34 -0500 Olson loses narrow race State Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, has lost his quest for a vacant Minnesota Senate seat after a narrow defeat in the Republican primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/olson_loss?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 08:21:24 -0500 Bachmann takes 6th District GOP primary Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann easily won the 6th District GOP primary on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/bachmann_6th?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 08:12:43 -0500 Two incumbent state representatives lose primary election Two incumbent state representatives, Republican Neil Peterson of Bloomington and DFL candidate Willie Dominguez of Minneapolis, have lost their party primaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/legislature_wrap?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 22:22:12 -0500 Primary voters to narrow field in Senate and Congressional races Minnesota voters tomorrow will narrow the field of candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/primarypreview?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 16:03:06 -0500 6th District readies for Republican primary Tuesday's primary election in Minnesota's 6th District will decide which Republican congressional candidate is on the Nov. 4 ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/sixth_primary?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 08:40:53 -0500 Delegates, party leaders praise Gov. Tim Pawlenty's speech Governor Tim Pawlenty took the stage at the Republican National Convention Thursday night describing Senator John McCain as a strong and compassionate leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/pawlenty_rnc?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 00:14:25 -0500 What Minnesota delegates want to hear from Palin's speech Anticipation is growing for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech at the RNC tonight. Minnesota delegates have been talking about what the Alaska governor needs to accomplish tonight to appeal to a wider national audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/palinminn?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 16:00:58 -0500 Despite not getting VP nod, Pawlenty still hot ticket at RNC Sen. John McCain did not select Gov. Tim Pawlenty for his running mate, although the Minnesota Republican was reportedly on the shortest of the short lists, but that does not made him any less popular at this year's Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/mccain_pawlenty?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 16:48:44 -0500 Down-sized convention does not stop Republicans from stumping Today's pared down schedule at the Republican National Convention gave two Minnesota Republicans some extra time to focus on their own campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/republicans_stumping?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 16:43:08 -0500 RNC -- will it give McCain a boost in Minnesota? The Xcel Energy Center has been transformed, the delegates have arrived and after two years of planning the 2008 Republican National Convention is set to open tomorrow in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/31/rncpreview?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2008 10:45:32 -0500 What's next for Pawlenty For the first time in two years, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty doesn't have to field any questions about being John McCain's running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/not_pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 17:06:34 -0500 Hurricane Gustav may delay RNC Hurricane Gustav could alter plans for next week's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, if the potential hurricane ends up hitting the Gulf Coast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/gustav_rnc?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:52:45 -0500 Pawlenty not McCain's choice for VP Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was not chosen by presidential candidate John McCain to be his running mate. Instead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Pawlenty hosted his weekly radio show from the Minnesota State Fair this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 06:36:19 -0500 MPR/U of M poll suggests Minnesota voters would consider third-party candidates A new poll suggests most Minnesota voters would at least consider backing a third-party candidate for president or the U.S. Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/25/third_party_candidates?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:01:00 -0500 MPR poll: Pawlenty approval strong; doubts about Molnau A new statewide poll gives high job performance marks to Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, but voters have little confidence in the woman who could replace him, Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/pollstate?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota tax group urges 'no' vote on outdoors sales tax Opponents of a proposed state sales tax increase for the outdoors and arts are ramping up their campaign to try to defeat the ballot measure this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/taxopponents?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 16:21:59 -0500 MPR poll: Obama leads, but contest is fluid A new Minnesota Public Radio and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows Democrat Barack Obama leading John McCain in the state, but the race is still very fluid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/prezpoll?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Brandl, former state lawmaker and scholar, dies John Brandl, a former state representative and state senator who also served in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, died Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/19/brandl_lawmaker_dies?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2008 15:18:32 -0500 Attending RNC may be difficult for embattled candidates Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says he understands why some of his colleagues plan to skip next month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/rnc_coleman?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 07:29:11 -0500 Coleman says DC apartment is a non-issue Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he would welcome an ethics committee review of his living arrangements in Washington, D.C. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/colemanapt?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 12:19:44 -0500 GOP senate leaders reject Olson Republicans in the Minnesota Senate are say they will not welcome Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake, into their caucus if Olson wins a special senate election this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/olson_house_gop?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:58:13 -0500 Companies spend millions to fund conventions Corporations and trade organizations will spend tens of millions of dollars to get their messages heard during the Republican National Convention here and at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/conventionfunds?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Bloomberg withholds presidential endorsement New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging independent voters in Minnesota and across the country to demand thorough answers from the two major presidential candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/25/bloomberg_minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jul 2008 11:00:02 -0500 Bachmann oil drilling plan draws skepticism Sixth District Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann insists gas prices would drop significantly if oil companies could drill in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/bachmann?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 13:37:28 -0500 Tinklenberg announces plan to fix economy Sixth district DFL congressional candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg is proposing a $30 billion plan to boost the nation's sagging economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/22/tinklenberg?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 06:46:15 -0500 Senate candidate depends on YouTube An Independence Party candidate for U.S. Senate is counting on a three-minute internet video on YouTube to create a buzz about his campaign and bring in donations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/uldrich?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 06:50:21 -0500 Republican challenges Bachmann Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is facing a primary election contest in the 6th District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/16/bachmannfoe?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Hmong farmers suffer crop losses in storms Acres of tomatoes, beans and other produce are rotting in fields south of the Twin Cities after last week's severe storms. Many of the farmers are Hmong Americans, and a meeting at the state Capitol today will address how to help them recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/14/hmongfarmers?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:35:40 -0500 GOP lawmaker to run as independent State Rep. Ron Erhardt of Edina says he has left the Republican Party and will run for a 10th term as an independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/erhardt?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:28:25 -0500 McCain touts his economic plan in Hudson visit Republican presidential candidate John McCain held a town hall meeting today in Hudson, Wis., where he talked to an audience made up of mostly women about his plans to boost a sagging economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/mccainhudson?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 12:06:10 -0500 Pawlenty predicts better budget news Gov. Tim Pawlenty says a state economic update scheduled for release tomorrow will be an improvement over the $1 billion shortfall that was predicted in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/forecast?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:42:17 -0500 Sen. Dan Larson to retire State Sen. Dan Larson, DFL-Bloomington, says he plans to give up his District 63 seat two years early to take a job with a Minneapolis law firm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/larsonquits?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 14:35:06 -0500 Minn. House Republicans introduce candidate crop Republican leaders in the Minnesota House say they're out to regain majority status this fall by competing in every district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/house_republicans?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 12:42:50 -0500 Hudson company to host John McCain A construction company in Hudson, Wis., is preparing to host a presidential campaign appearance by Republican candidate John McCain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/mccainhudson?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:20:37 -0500 Campaign ramps up for environment, arts sales tax A campaign to boost funding for the state's natural and cultural resources will become more visible this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/amendment?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 07:23:21 -0500 Minn. Independence party enlists Mayor Bloomberg New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be in Minneapolis later this month to help give a financial boost to the Independence Party of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/bloomberg?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 07:25:24 -0500 Questions raised about Hatch-negotiated deal Legislative Auditor James Nobles says he has questions about a 2006 lawsuit settlement between former Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch and a credit card company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/laag?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 17:35:39 -0500 Hospitals say they're ready for Republican convention Hospital officials say they'll be ready for a worst-case scenario. But a recent federal report questioned whether local emergency rooms have the capacity for a large-scale disaster, particularly an act of terrorism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/rnchospitals?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jun 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty seeks federal disaster status for flooded counties Gov. Tim Pawlenty is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the the state after recent severe flooding in four southeastern counties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/pawlenty_disaster_request?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 17:04:57 -0500 Nearly 90 percent of 9th graders pass writing test Education Commissioner Alice Seagren said that while the statewide results remain steady, the scores also point out where improvements are needed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/writing_test_results?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:57:09 -0500 Bachmann says more drilling will bring down the cost of gas The 6th District Republican said gas prices in the U.S. could go back down to $2 a gallon if laws were changed to allow more domestic oil exploration and production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/bachmann_oil_exploration?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 15:30:12 -0500 Feds deliver on promised money to help traffic flow The nation's top transportation official wants to make sure Minnesotans know that federal funding is on the way to relieve Twin Cities' congestion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/transpomoney?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 15:26:09 -0500 Franken wins endorsement for U.S. Senate on first ballot Minnesota Democrats have picked comedian Al Franken to be their U.S. Senate candidate in November against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/07/dfl?refid=0 Sat, 07 Jun 2008 11:16:41 -0500 Clinton backers ponder move to Obama In the wake of Barack Obama's victory speech, Minnesota supporters of Hillary Clinton are now coming to terms with the inevitable end of her presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/04/mondale?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 16:06:05 -0500 Auditor: No basis to investigate AG Swanson Auditor James Nobles said Lori Swanson's accusers were credible, but they offered no evidence of any illegal activity. Nobles also suggested that Swanson, a first-term Democrat, address the management problems that are hobbling her office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/swansonaudit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:39:16 -0500 Ron Paul supporters want voice at convention As the state Republican convention gets underway in Rochester, Minnesota supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul want to be heard, and that has party officials worried. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/paulbackers?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Attorney General's office dismisses assistant An assistant attorney general has been fired after an investigation found no evidence to support her claims of ethical lapses in the office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/agoffice?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 17:12:29 -0500 State senator launches campaign for U.S. House State Sen. Dick Day, the challenger to the endorsed Republican candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 1st District, said he has much more experience in government than his opponent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/1st_republicans?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 13:57:15 -0500 Students suspected in Capitol vandalism Two Apple Valley area high school students are suspected of defacing the portraits of three former governors at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/governor_portraits_vandalism?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2008 10:43:12 -0500 Legislature presses ahead to the end of the session The Minnesota House and Senate passed a school finance bill Tuesday night over the objections of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who had wanted an end-of-session budget agreement in place before the vote. DFL legislative leaders decided to press ahead after closed-door negotiations with the Republican governor broke down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/budget?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 07:51:44 -0500 Property tax cap stalling legislators Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are scheduled to resume budget negotiations later this morning at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/budget?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 07:05:31 -0500 House rejects measure to upgrade seat belt offense The Minnesota House has rejected a measure that would allow police to pull over and ticket unbelted motorists. The seat belt provision would have made violations a primary offense. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/seatbelts?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 07:06:33 -0500 Hockey clears House hurdle The Minnesota House passed a wide ranging K-12 education policy bill Thursday night that would make ice hockey the official state sport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/hockey?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 06:52:28 -0500 Minimum wage hike faces Pawlenty veto Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll veto legislation that would increase Minnesota's minimum wage twice in the next 14 months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/minimum_wage?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 13:40:10 -0500 Preliminary approval of foreclosure relief bill The Minnesota Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that tries to help some homeowners avoid mortgage foreclosure. Eligible homeowners could defer a pending foreclosure for up to a year if they use foreclosure counseling services and agree to make minimum monthly payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/interference?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 07:06:29 -0500 Pawlenty signs bovine TB prevention bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty has signed legislation aimed at stopping the spread of bovine tuberculosis in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/bovine?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 15:12:18 -0500 Pawlenty: Property tax cap is key to passing a budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to use substantially less money from a health care access fund to balance the budget, but he's digging in his heels on a property tax cap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/pawlentybudget?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 12:55:57 -0500 Some bridge victims say they'll accept settlement Some victims of the 35W bridge collapse have already stepped forward to praise an agreement on state aid and say they plan to accept a state settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/bridge_agreement?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Minn. House votes to raise minimum wage The Minnesota House has approved legislation to increase the state's minimum wage beginning this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/wage?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 14:09:59 -0500 Mall of America backers showcase top-tier support Minnesota House and Senate leaders are backing a tax subsidy to expand Mall of America in Bloomington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/29/megamall?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 13:01:33 -0500 House passes bill requiring age-appropriate sex education The Minnesota House has approved legislation establishing a sex education requirement for all public school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/edbill?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Budget negotiations heat up House and Senate DFL leaders in the House and Senate are working with Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty to solve a projected state budget deficit of $935 million before adjournment on May 19th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/budget?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 07:07:30 -0500 Iron Range cancer study passes Legislature Legislation that authorizes a nearly $5 million study of lung cancer among Iron Range miners is on its way to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's desk. The House gave final approval to the bill today on a vote of 121-1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/cancerstudyvote?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:37:14 -0500 Pawlenty's tax group to focus on jobs Gov. Tim Pawlenty has named a special panel to help improve the state tax code and job climate, some DFL lawmakers say the governor's focus may be too narrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/taxpanel?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:49:58 -0500 Bill protecting ticket sales passes House The Minnesota House passed a bill Monday, the so-called Hannah Montana bill, that bans the use of computer software designed to interfere with ticket sales. The vote was 119 to 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/22/hanna_montana?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 07:50:36 -0500 House Democrats revive plan for property tax relief Democrats in the Minnesota House have unveiled a plan to provide property tax relief to most homeowners. The proposal would tie property taxes to homeowners' incomes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/proptax?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 12:01:20 -0500 GOP to use gas stations to target their message Republicans legislators say their campaign to gain seats in the Minnesota House will target gas stations in the coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/pump?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 12:14:12 -0500 Bridge victims' fund stuck at Capitol With a month left in the 2008 Legislative session, that plan to compensate victims of the 35W bridge collapse is stuck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/bridgefund?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 03:10:00 -0500 House passes resolution supporting trade with Cuba State lawmakers are showing their support for re-establishing trade relations with Cuba. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/cuba?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:00:00 -0500 Senate approves bill for surrogate mother contracts The Minnesota Senate has given preliminary approval to legislation that sets new regulations for surrogate mother contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/surrogatemothers?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:16:33 -0500 Lawmakers differ on status of budget discussions Lawmakers are trying to close a $935 million gap in the budget, with today's meeting with Gov. Pawlenty focusing on how to use the Health Care Access Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/state_budget_health_care_fund?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:19:10 -0500 Supporters of medical marijuana launch TV ad Supporters of legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana in Minnesota are launching a television advertising campaign aimed at getting the bill over its final hurdle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/medical?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:30:22 -0500 House Majority Leader alleges Pawlenty payback The DFL Majority Leader in the Minnesota House is accusing Gov. Tim Pawlenty of using his veto pen to take revenge against him and other partisan critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/sertich?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:19:42 -0500 House approves study of lung cancer among miners The Minnesota House has approved a nearly $5 million study of Iron Range miners who have been hit disproportionately hard by a rare form of lung cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/miners?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 16:18:16 -0500 Medical marijuana bill will move to House floor A 13-4 vote Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee means a bill approving the use of medical marijuana will move on to the House floor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/marijuana?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 08:21:37 -0500 Democrats say it's up to Pawlenty to revive rail money Advocates of the Central Corridor light rail line vented Tuesday over Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of state financing for the project and said it's up to him to keep the project from withering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/centralcorridorfolo?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:25:45 -0500 Panel to unveil plan to fix imbalances among public schools A House-Senate panel says changes to rework how public schools are funded are needed now. The panel will unveil their plan to move school districts away from a reliance on local tax levies and fix imbalances today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/public_school_fund?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 06:30:51 -0500 Pawlenty says the bonding bill is too big Governor Tim Pawlenty is criticizing the $925 million bonding bill that the Legislature placed on his desk this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/04/pawlentybond?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 12:28:34 -0500 Republican leaders slam DFL budget fix bill Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the bill to fix the state's nearly $1 billion budget deficit is "not acceptable." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/state_budget?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 16:27:12 -0500 Governor: Finance bills are not acceptable The Minnesota House and Senate are tackling bills today that would fix the state's nearly $1 billion budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/notacceptable?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:38:23 -0500 Senate kills Vikings stadium study The Minnesota Senate has provided a boost to a Mall of America expansion while delivering a setback to a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/taxbill?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 16:33:39 -0500 State approves cattle buyout to contain bovine TB Officials are trying to contain the disease, which has already infected 13 herds in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/bovine_tb?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty, lawmakers take action on foreclosures Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Tuesday that a federal grant will help the state pay for more foreclosure counselors. Earlier in the day the Minnesota House passed several bills targeting some of the secondary effects of foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/govhomes?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:44:07 -0500 Gambling revenues decline after smoking ban A new report shows charitable gambling revenue in Minnesota has declined since a statewide smoking ban took effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/gambling?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 23:55:00 -0500 Senate committees recommend approval of key appointments Two commissioners from Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration won confirmation support today from Senate committees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/commissioners?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:30:07 -0500 Senate agrees on health care reform package The Minnesota Senate gave final approval today to a bill to revamp the state's health care system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/health?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:52:14 -0500 Agreement close on bonding bill, but Pawlenty a question mark The Minnesota Senate's lead negotiator on a bonding bill says a deal is close for a $925 million construction projects package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/bonding?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 08:29:26 -0500 Auditor to examine allegations against Minn. AG's office Minnesota's Legislative Auditor will conduct a preliminary investigation into allegations of misconduct within the office of Attorney General Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/agoffice?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:13:15 -0500 Pawlenty signs state Vietnam Veterans Day into law Minnesota will officially recognize Vietnam veterans for the first time on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/veterans?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers lay groundwork for Vikings stadium debate State lawmakers are laying the groundwork to debate a new Minnesota Vikings stadium during the 2009 session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/stadium?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:41:59 -0500 Mall of America takes another stab at expansion tax shift Officials with the Mall of America were back at the state Capitol today seeking tax breaks on their proposed expansion project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/mall?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:01:37 -0500 House Democrats rely on reserves for budget fix Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing a budget fix that relies heavily on the state's rainy day funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/budget?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 17:14:31 -0500 Swanson showcases union support Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is showing her support for organized labor at a time when some attorneys on her staff claim they've felt her wrath for trying to form a union in her office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/swansonresponse?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:48:33 -0500 Suspended lawyer alleges ethical lapses in Swanson's office An assistant attorney general who was suspended from her job last week is raising more allegations of unethical behavior within the office of Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/lawlerletter?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 10:09:05 -0500 Bipartisan effort to save nursing homes amid budget crunch DFL and Republican state lawmakers are looking for ways to protect nursing homes from budget cuts and possibly increase funding levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/nursing_homes?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:13:28 -0500 Committee approves study of miners' lung disease Legislation funding a study of lung disease among iron ore miners has cleared its first committee in the Minnesota Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/15/mesothelioma?refid=0 Sat, 15 Mar 2008 14:00:00 -0500 House panel rejects bill to expand right to shoot in self defense Gov. Pawlenty says he hopes state lawmakers reconsider a bill to expand the right of people to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes, businesses or cars if they feel they're in imminent danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/selfdefense?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 10:14:17 -0500 Senate passes bridge victims compensation fund The Minnesota Senate has passed legislation creating a compensation fund for victims of the I-35W bridge collapse, but it differs from the House version which was approved last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/bridgecomp?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 15:05:15 -0500 Arne Carlson criticizes Pawlenty's budget fix Former Gov. Arne Carlson returned to the state Capitol Thursday to offer some budget advice to legislators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/carlsoncritique?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 13:45:36 -0500 GOP lawmaker calls for probe of Swanson's office A Republican lawmaker has asked the state Bureau of Mediation Services to investigate the ongoing labor dispute in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/emmer?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:12:33 -0500 Higher ed officials worried about Pawlenty's budget cuts Minnesota college leaders say tuition hikes would be a last -- but possibly unavoidable -- option for coping with anticipated state budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/collegecuts?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:45:18 -0500 AG's office defends suspension of attorney A deputy to Attorney General Lori Swanson insisted Tuesday that an attorney in her office was not punished for union activity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/adminleave?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:25:00 -0500 Pawlenty budget fix cuts spending, but also cuts sales tax Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget fix comes with a twist: In addition to spending cuts, he's proposing a statewide sales tax reduction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/pawlentybudget?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 14:45:37 -0600 Union battle heats up in A.G. Swanson's office Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and many of her employees are at odds over a union organization effort within the office. Some employees say they've faced harassment and intimidation for their union support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/agunion?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 04:10:00 -0600 Minn. lawmakers propose delaying foreclosures for 15,000 DFL legislators are proposing a yearlong suspension of mortgage foreclosures in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/foreclosures?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 11:50:36 -0600 Minn. Senate approves $1B borrowing plan The Minnesota Senate has approved a nearly $1 billion borrowing plan to pay for a package of public construction projects throughout the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/04/senatebond?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 12:05:00 -0600 Senate dismisses transportation chief Molnau The Minnesota Senate has voted to dismiss state transportation chief Carol Molnau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/molnau?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 12:41:27 -0600 After the override, the fallout Democrats and Republicans at the Minnesota Capitol are trying to gauge the political fallout from the override of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of the transportation bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/fallout?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 03:05:00 -0600 State's budget deficit could double In November, state finance officials projected a $373 million budget deficit by mid-2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/deficit?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:27:35 -0600 State officials wait for word of merger The possibility of a merger led Gov. Tim Pawlenty to cancel an out-of-state trip. Legislators also scheduled a hearing Monday to learn more about a merger deal that they expect will be public by then. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/nwacap?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:35:40 -0600 Delta-NWA merger moves ahead while state leaders weigh the impact of consolidation The unions representing pilots at Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines have reportedly reached an agreement to consolidate the two work groups, according to an online report in the Detroit News on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/nwa?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:30:00 -0600 Minn. lawmaker convicted in domestic assault apologizes A state lawmaker who was convicted last summer on a domestic assault charge is asking for forgiveness from his Minnesota House colleagues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/olson?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:00:28 -0600 Transportation bill is on the fast track at the Legislature A multibillion dollar transportation funding bill is heading for a vote this week in the Minnesota House and Senate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/transport?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:58:12 -0600 Huckabee makes campaign stop in Hudson, Wis. A day before the Wisconsin presidential primary, Republican candidate Mike Huckabee made a campaign stop this morning in Hudson, Wis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/huckabee?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 10:39:21 -0600 Top Minn. senator plans hearing into Northwest merger talks A top state senator says he has concerns about the possible Northwest-Delta merger, and he wants airline officials to come to the Capitol to answer questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/15/nwahearings?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 12:18:11 -0600 Outdoors, arts amendment heads to ballot Minnesota voters will decide this fall whether to raise the state sales tax to benefit the outdoors and arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/legacyamend?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty warns lawmakers he will veto tax hikes Gov. Tim Pawlenty is pledging a vigorous fight against tax increases in the 2008 session, as Minnesota deals with a slowing economy and budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/13/stateaddress?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 12:35:03 -0600 DFLers invite showdown with Pawlenty over gas tax DFL legislators unveiled a transportation funding bill Tuesday that looks a lot like the one Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed last session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/transpoplan?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:47:37 -0600 Report: JOBZ subsidy program unfocused and lacking oversight A new report highlights flaws in Gov. Tim Pawlenty's flagship economic development initiative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/jobz?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 10:11:21 -0600 Crowded caucuses spark calls for changes Many first-time caucus-goers left their neighborhood meetings energized, others were turned off by a system they view as unorganized and unfair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/caucusprobs?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Poll: Pawlenty scores higher approval rating than Legislature A new statewide poll shows a majority of Minnesotans approve of Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's job performance, but they have mixed feelings about the DFL-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/pollgovapproval?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 05:00:00 -0600 Romney visits supporters in Edina Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a brief, weekend stop in Minnesota to raise money and fire up his supporters before the state's precinct caucuses on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/02/romneyvisit?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2008 19:45:32 -0600 Poll: Clinton, McCain leading in Minnesota With just five days until Minnesota's precinct caucuses, a new MPR poll shows Republican John McCain and Democrat Hillary Clinton leading in the race for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/prespoll?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 04:00:00 -0600 Party chairs come together to get out the vote Nearly two dozen states, including Minnesota, will get to weigh in on the 2008 presidential race next month in what's known as Super Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/caucus?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:29:38 -0600 Pawlenty asks to speak with CEOs of NWA and Delta Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on Thursday he wants to speak with the CEOs of Delta and Northwest airlines to talk about the possibility that they might merge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/nwapawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:09:38 -0600 Printing CEO enters race for the 3rd District The CEO of a Twin Cities printing company says he's running for Congress in Minnesota's 3rd district as an independent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/dillon?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:09:33 -0600 Pawlenty calls for 23 bridges to be reexamined Gov. Tim Pawlenty has directed the Minnesota Department of Transportation to recalculate the load capacity for 23 trunk highway bridges with designs similar to the collapsed I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/loadlimit?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 16:04:59 -0600 16 school districts likely missed contract deadline The statewide teachers union said 16 Minnesota school districts may have missed a midnight deadline for settling teacher contracts without penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/contracts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:08:12 -0600 Pawlenty bonding proposal includes $225 million for bridges Gov. Tim Pawlenty is proposing a nearly $1 billion bonding bill for the 2008 Legislative session that includes a record amount of state borrowing for bridge repair and replacement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/pawlentybonding?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 08:00:25 -0600 Panel recommends changes to election redistricting laws A Minnesota Senate panel discussed a plan Friday that would let retired judges take over the task of drawing new political boundaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/redistricting?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:50:05 -0600 Bloomberg backers seek support of Minnesota IP Members of Minnesota's Independence Party will meet later this month to decide whether to join a national organization that wants New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/ip?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 01:00:00 -0600 In 3rd District, Madia says fundraising shows momentum DFL 3rd District Congressional candidate Ashwin Madia says he's proven that he can raise the money needed to run a strong campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/madiamoney?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:55:22 -0600 DFL lawmakers propose new property tax relief DFL lawmakers say they will try again this year to slow rising property taxes throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/proptax?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 17:47:26 -0600 Presidential campaigns raise volume in Minnesota Minnesota is getting a dose of presidential politicking in the wake of the New Hampshire primary -- at the surrogate level at least. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/09/minnprez?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2008 12:03:38 -0600 Auditor: Minn. Secretary of State didn't misuse mailing list A state investigation has concluded that DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie did not violate the law when he used a state mailing list for political purposes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/08/ritchieaudit?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:13:53 -0600 State Republican chairman backs Huckabee State Republican Party Chairman Ron Carey says he will lead the new Minnesota presidential campaign team for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/carey_huckabee?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2008 17:20:57 -0600 DFLer Dahle wins special legislative election High school teacher Kevin Dahle beat two other candidates Thursday in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/spec_election?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 23:31:40 -0600 CIA confirms Ventura meeting occurred Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is raising a few eyebrows with claims in a new book about his dealings the Central Intelligence Agency. But the CIA confirms at least some of what he writes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/03/jessecia?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jan 2008 15:36:24 -0600 Republican National Convention protest - take one A few dozen anti-war protesters marched Wednesday from the state Capitol to the Xcel Energy Center, hoping it will guarantee them a chance to hold a demonstration along the same route during the Republican National Convention in September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/02/convprotests?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2008 14:43:34 -0600 Lawmaker says flood money is too slow in coming A state lawmaker is blaming bureaucrats and red tape for holding up some of the flood relief promised to southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/21/floodfight?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 15:41:53 -0600 State's unemployment rates falls belows national rate The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 4.4 percent, lower than the national rate of 4.7 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/joblessrate?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 12:17:57 -0600 Lawmakers lift salary cap at the Minnesota Zoo A panel of state lawmakers has agreed to lift a salary cap that has been in place at the Minnesota Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/zoo_salary?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:25:10 -0600 Who is Mark Ritchie? Recent allegations against Secretary of State Mark Ritchie have highlighted an elected official that many Minnesotans barely know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/13/ritchieprofile?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 16:30:00 -0600 Pawlenty: Gore is too partisan on global warming Gov. Tim Pawlenty is taking issue with former Vice President Al Gore over remarks made this week at a U.N. climate conference, where Gore said the U.S. is primarily responsible for blocking progress at the talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/14/pawlentyongore?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2007 11:47:53 -0600 House GOP expels convicted lawmaker Republicans in the Minnesota House have voted to permanently remove Rep. Mark Olson of Big Lake from their caucus, after his conviction on a domestic abuse charge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/olsonout?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 12:24:28 -0600 St. Paul downtown to remain open during convention A top police official is promising that downtown St. Paul will remain open and accessible during next year's Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/10/stpaul_open?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2007 09:08:13 -0600 Minnesota campaigns organize away from Iowa spotlight Preparations are underway for Minnesota's precinct caucuses on Feb. 5. That's a month later than Iowa and a month earlier than recent Minnesota caucus dates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/iowaminnesota?refid=0 Sun, 09 Dec 2007 15:24:46 -0600 Governor and legislators announce I-35W victims relief fund Gov. Pawlenty and several lawmakers announced that the state will provide near-term relief for the victims of the I-35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/victim_fund?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 11:51:51 -0600 State lawmakers examine education funding system State lawmakers are still analyzing this month's school levy votes and the need for changes in the education finance system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/27/27_eudcation_funding?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:51:36 -0600 Democrats blast Pawlenty on job numbers DFL lawmakers, union workers and the chairman of the state DFL party Wednesday called on Gov. Tim Pawlenty to do more to improve the state's job climate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/14/demsjobs?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:11:36 -0600 Advocates say school funding needs an overhaul Public education advocates say the results of Tuesday's election show that Minnesota needs a better system for funding schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/07/levyreax?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2007 14:05:43 -0600 Voters approve more money for Minnesota school budgets Most of the 99 school districts with levy questions on the ballot Tuesday were successful in winning voter approval for local property tax increases. Levies in at least 54 school districts were approved, but in the two dozen districts that failed, large budget cuts are looming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/06/schoolresults?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2007 22:58:26 -0600 Feelings strong on both sides of school levy debates Passions are running high in many Minnesota school districts as the campaigns for local levy referendums are coming to a close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/02/levyfights?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2007 15:42:05 -0600 Pawlenty says Essar concerns are resolved Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he will now support an Indian company's plan for an Iron Range steel mill. Pawlenty says Essar Global Ltd. has pledged to abide by U.S. economic sanctions against Iran. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/31/essargoesforward?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 15:05:42 -0500 Bridge collapse survivors push for compensation fund The Aug. 1 collapse of the I-35W bridge killed 13 people and injured about 100 more. The victims want help for medical bills, economic losses and pain and suffering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/bridgesurvivors?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2007 10:04:19 -0500 Bill Clinton rakes in Minnesota money for Hillary's campaign Former President Bill Clinton was in Minneapolis Tuesday to raise money for his wife's 2008 presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/23/billclinton?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2007 21:17:36 -0500 Giuliani taps big bucks in Minnesota stop Rudy Giuliani added to his fundraising lead with a private fundraiser Thursday at the Minneapolis Club. Giuliani then crossed the street to greet supporters at a downtown diner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/18/giuliani?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 10:50:34 -0500 Schools warn of budget shortfalls School district leaders say they need more money to head off significant budget shortfalls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/schoolmoney?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 03:02:27 -0500 Candidates move cautiously toward a run in the 3rd District A month after Republican Rep. Jim Ramstad announced he was retiring, it remains unclear who will run for his seat in Minnesota's 3rd District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/15/3rddistrict?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 02:57:01 -0500 Lawmakers turn up heat on MnDOT's financial problems DFL lawmakers continue their scrutiny of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT's finances and decisionmaking were the focus of two more legislative hearings Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/04/morebridge?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2007 16:59:29 -0500 House speaker says Molnau should 'do the right thing' and go House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, of Minneapolis, said Wednesday she wants to see a "fresh start" at the Transportation Department and has grown concerned about Carol Molnau's ability to run the agency. Molnau is also Minnesota's lieutenant governor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/03/bridge_pols?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 13:34:07 -0500 Lawmaker's proposals aim to keep predators away from children A state lawmaker says he wants to close a loophole in current law that allows a teacher to have sex with 18 year-old students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/02/teachersex?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 15:57:59 -0500 Sizing up the competition in the 6th Congressional District Three Democrats are already running to challenge first-term Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann next year in Minnesota's 6th District. DFLers say Bachmann is vulnerable, but political analysts suggest she's in a good position for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/01/tinklenberg?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 11:19:13 -0500 Smoking ban goes statewide Monday If you're a smoker, and your city still allows you to light up in bars, you'd better enjoy it this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/smokeban?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 05:00:00 -0500 Democrats want Molnau to quit MnDOT Some DFL lawmakers are calling on Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau to leave her other job as state transportation commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/firemolnau?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 13:43:42 -0500 Pawlenty downplays transportation funding questions Gov. Pawlenty says the dustup over transportation funding in the wake of the 35W bridge collapse is nothing more than a misunderstanding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/bridgeflap?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:41:12 -0500 Funding request sparks new bridge kerfuffle State transportation officials are asking a special legislative panel for the authority to spend an additional $195 million. But a key DFL lawmaker accuses the Pawlenty administration of using a backdoor maneuver to avoid a broader debate of transportation funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/bridgemoney?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 17:37:34 -0500 Traffic congestion keeps getting worse Drivers on average spend nearly 38 hours a year crawling through traffic on their way to work, according to a new traffic study. The cost of all that traffic congestion is estimated at $78 billion per year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/18/trafficstudy?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 14:32:27 -0500 Republicans are moving in The 2008 Republican National Convention is now less than a year away and preparations are gearing up throughout the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/rncpreview?refid=0 Sun, 16 Sep 2007 15:05:04 -0500 Special interests pressure Pawlenty to relent on special session Several groups say immediate action is needed to prevent another disaster like the 35W bridge collapse. But the latest negotiations between the governor and DFL legislative leaders indicate transportation funding might have to wait until next year's regular session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/specialsession?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2007 15:24:23 -0500 DNR releases plan to pay for Lake Vermilion park Department of Natural Resources officials have unveiled a complex plan to use lottery proceeds to help pay for a new state park on Lake Vermillion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/04/parkplans?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 15:19:47 -0500 Special session talk comes with political pitfalls As Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders still disagree on an agenda for a potential special session, some analysts say the prolonged partisan wrangling could have a political price. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/31/sessionanalysis?refid=0 Sun, 02 Sep 2007 15:00:00 -0500 State flood aid may be a long time coming Legislators routinely move quickly to provide financial help to flooded cities. But quick action doesn't necessarily mean quick relief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/floodmoney?refid=0 Sun, 26 Aug 2007 15:01:19 -0500 Special session likely for dual disasters Gov. Pawlenty said he and top legislators reached a "general understanding" Wednesday on the need for a special session to provide flood relief for southern Minnesota and funding to respond to the Minneapolis bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/bridgeaudit?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 11:47:52 -0500 Bush declares federal emergency at Minn. bridge collapse Officials are now stepping up efforts to remove debris from the site of the bridge collapse. Gov. Pawlenty is moving closer to calling a special session of the Legislature to deal with bridge costs, as well as flood relief for southeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/21/disaster?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:41:19 -0500 Pawlenty's political future may be at stake after bridge calamity In the short term, political observers say the tragedy has raised Gov. Pawlenty's national visibility and shown him as a concerned and adaptable leader. But they also say Pawlenty could suffer from increased scrutiny of past decisions on highway and bridge repair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/09/pawlenty_rybak?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 03:59:53 -0500 Oberstar proposes trust fund for aging bridges The trust fund would be modeled on the federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for building and repairing roads and bridges through a gasoline tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/08/oberstarplan?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2007 13:11:35 -0500 FBI divers add high technology to bridge recovery effort The FBI brought in an unmanned submarine with sonar and powerful underwater lights to look for bodies near a collapsed freeway bridge on Monday. A Navy dive team was also in town to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/bridgemon?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2007 12:12:46 -0500 Convention consultants sell GOP connections The 2008 Republican National Convention will bring millions of dollars to Minnesota, and several new companies are springing up to try to get a piece of the action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/22/rncbusinesses?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jul 2007 16:00:17 -0500 Pawlenty, others not giving up on McCain Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign is struggling, but many of his key supporters in Minnesota remain firmly committed to the candidate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/17/mccain_mn?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2007 01:00:00 -0500 Rep. Olson may face discipline in House The Republican minority leader of the Minnesota House says he thinks a bipartisan ethics complaint should be filed against Rep. Mark Olson, R-Big Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/16/olson_ethics?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 16:33:05 -0500 State effort to focus on school violence State officials have announced a new effort aimed at preventing violence in schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/13/schoolsafety?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 14:39:26 -0500 Pawlenty vows to find answers to Iron Range cancer deaths Gov. Tim Pawlenty is trying to convince Iron Range legislators that he too wants to understand the cause of cancer deaths of miners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/12/helathstudy?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2007 18:10:44 -0500 Lawyer, activist joins DFL Senate field Lawyer and environmental activist Jim Cohen said Tuesday that he's joining the increasingly crowded group of Democrats who want to take on incumbent U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/10/cohen?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2007 12:59:43 -0500 Anti-war groups step up pressure on Coleman A Minnesota anti-war group unveiled a television ad on Monday aimed at convincing Sen. Norm Coleman to join other key Republicans who've broken with the administration on the war. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/iraq_debate?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 17:34:25 -0500 Minnesota to get state poet laureate A formal search will begin later this year for Minnesota's official poet laureate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/02/poetlaureate?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2007 05:23:43 -0500 Minnesota JOBZ program faces another lawsuit Gov. Tim Pawlenty's pet economic development program is facing another legal challenge. Ten companies and individuals announced a lawsuit Wednesday that challenges the constitutionality of the Minnesota JOBZ program. They say the program gives an unfair advantage to their competitors who benefit from JOBZ. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/27/jobz?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2007 16:46:06 -0500 Sviggum to leave House; appointed labor commissioner Former Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum will become Minnesota's commissioner of labor and industry after serving nearly three decades in the Legislature, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/26/sviggum_to_leave_house_appointed_labor_commissioner?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2007 12:09:14 -0500 Minnesota appears likely to move up '08 party caucuses With the nation's political calendar shifting forward, party leaders said moving the caucuses from March to February would be vital in giving state voters a say in the nominating contests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/minnesota_appears_likely_to_move_up_08_party_caucuses?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:50:14 -0500 Health commissioner at center of controversy over cancer data Iron Range lawmakers are calling for the resignation of Minnesota's health commissioner. They claim Dianne Mandernach has lost public confidence by withholding information about cancer deaths among miners. Gov. Pawlenty is standing by his embattled commissioner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/20/healthdeptflap?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 11:07:54 -0500 Minnesota National Guard is coming home Seventy-five soldiers from Grand Rapids arrived at Fort McCoy in Wisc., yesterday, where they are being demobilized before going home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/nghome?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 18:16:34 -0500 Legislative candidates getting early start on 2008 The next election is more than 17 months away, but Republicans are already lining up candidates in their bid to regain control of the Minnesota House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/legcampaign?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:00:00 -0500 GOP re-elects party chair Minnesota Republicans have re-elected Ron Carey to another term as the state party chairman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/09/carey_wins?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jun 2007 15:12:19 -0500 Flight attendants blast management gains at Northwest Flight attendants and pilots from Northwest Airlines rallied at the state Capitol on Wednesday to draw attention to a widening gap between their salaries and compensation for top airline executives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/30/nwaprotest?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2007 14:19:46 -0500 The tax bill: All or nothing at all Lobbyists and others are waiting to see if Gov. Pawlenty vetoes a tax bill that passed the Legislature in the last minutes of the 2007 session. A lot of pet projects are at stake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/taxbill?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 16:38:34 -0500 In ugly finish, lawmakers hustle budget through The Minnesota Legislature concluded its 2007 session with a chaotic last minute push to meet a midnight deadline for adjournment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/21/monpm?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 22:53:36 -0500 DFL ready to end session without final agreement with governor It's the final day of the 2007 Legislative session, and lawmakers will be scrambling to get their work done before the midnight deadline for adjournment. It'll be up to Gov. Pawlenty to decide whether he will accept their bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/20/capsunpm?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2007 05:40:25 -0500 No deal at Capitol The negotiations stopped early Saturday morning with Republicans and Democrats still holding out hope for an orderly and successful end of the session. But the optimism seen on Friday had clearly faded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/budget?refid=0 Sat, 19 May 2007 07:00:00 -0500 DFL prepares budget without tax increase, less money for schools Gov. Pawlenty was not involved in the negotiations on the new budget bills, and Senate Republicans were concerned his absence is a recipe for more vetoes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/budgetlatest?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Minn. Legislature challenges Pawlenty by backing higher gas tax The Minnesota Legislature voted Monday to raise the state gas tax by a nickel as lawmakers prepared to confront Gov. Tim Pawlenty over spending on roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/gastax?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2007 15:51:39 -0500 MPR poll on gas tax: Five cents... maybe The results come as state lawmakers are debating a new transportation funding plan that would use a nickel a gallon increase to pay for roads and bridges. Gov. Pawlenty is threatening to veto the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/gastax?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 15:17:59 -0500 Statewide smoking ban moves toward final passage House and Senate negotiators reached a deal Wednesday on a statewide smoking ban that shuts the door on ventilated smoking rooms and outdoor smoking patios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/smokebanconf?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2007 12:20:48 -0500 Pawlenty wins showdown with Dems over public safety bill In a last-minute concession to Gov. Pawlenty, DFL leaders removed a provision that would have made it easier for people to sue insurance companies. The Republican governor had threatened to veto the entire $2 billion bill over the "good faith" provision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/budget?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 21:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers promise quick action on Browns Valley flood aid On the heels of the bonding bill veto, legislators said Wednesday they will hurry through emergency funding for flood-damaged Browns Valley by the end of the week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/02/brownsvalleyhelp?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2007 14:06:50 -0500 Minnesota Senate agrees to let the seriously ill smoke pot The bill passed on a preliminary vote of 33-31, after debate over the agonies of the sick and the danger of sending mixed messages to youth about illegal drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/01/marijuana?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 14:46:24 -0500 House tax bill passes The Minnesota House approved a tax bill Friday that would help ease property taxes statewide, while increasing income taxes for the state's highest earners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/27/taxbill?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:04:50 -0500 Senate committee sinks measure for environmental, cultural funds Despite its high-powered sponsor and an army of vocal supporters, a constitutional amendment that would set aside sales tax money for environmental and cultural purposes suffered a defeat Tuesday in a Senate committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/24/outdoors?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2007 14:53:09 -0500 Pawlenty's motivation is part politics, part personal Gov. Tim Pawlenty is determined to modernize high schools, to better prepare students for the competitive world they'll face after graduation. Pawlenty's crusade is both political and personal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/20/highschoolpawlenty?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:00:00 -0500 House passes school funding bill DFL leaders in the Minnesota House say they've passed one of the best education funding bills the state has seen in decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/k12?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 07:00:47 -0500 House committees probe Iron Range cancer rates Health officials have linked mesothelioma to the deaths of dozens of miners. They've also found men living in the state's Iron Range region have a high rate of the cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/cancer?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 12:16:24 -0500 Clark's visibility fuels political speculation Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, has quickly become one of the most visible lawmakers at the state Capitol. She hasn't served a full term yet, but she's become the chief spokeswoman for Senate DFLers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/04/clarkprofile?refid=0 Sun, 08 Apr 2007 15:13:38 -0500 Minn. Senate votes to raise income taxes on highest-paid The Minnesota Senate approved what would be the nation's highest tax bracket for upper income levels on Saturday, but the legislation has little chance of becoming law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/31/taxes?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2007 15:06:02 -0500 Minnesota moves one step closer to embracing smoking ban The "Freedom to Breathe Act" would toughen Minnesota's groundbreaking 1975 Clean Indoor Air Act by prohibiting smoking in virtually all enclosed public places, including taxis, transit terminals and even bus stop shelters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/27/smokingban?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:02:30 -0500 Senate OKs gas tax hike, sets up showdown with Pawlenty Democrats in the Minnesota Senate have made their position clear on the need for a large state investment into roads, bridges and transit. They passed a transportation funding bill Friday that includes a 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase, setting up a showdown with Gov. Pawlenty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/23/senategastax?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2007 16:51:29 -0500 Mall of America shops for a subsidy The Mall of America is proposing a $1.5 billion project that would double the size of the retail and tourist attraction in Bloomington. But the mall's plan faces powerful skeptics who represent its neighbors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/21/mall?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 16:56:01 -0500 Residents offer their ideas for property tax relief The tax committee in the Minnesota House took up a series of property tax measures Tuesday that came from an unusual source -- ordinary taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/20/proptaxideas?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2007 16:37:49 -0500 Despite threat of veto, lawmakers pursuing gas tax A few Republicans in the House have already voted in support of the bill. But for DFL lawmakers, the prospect of a veto override still appears out of their reach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/19/gastax?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2007 16:25:01 -0500 House Democrats propose new top tier on income taxes The proposal they unveiled on Friday would create a new income tax bracket for an estimated 28,000 Minnesotans. Republicans claim the tax will drive people out of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/housebudget?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:53:53 -0500 Lawmakers grill Minneapolis Vets Home leaders over problems The facility has been under extra state and federal scrutiny since state inspectors found problems with care that were linked to the deaths of three residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/vethome?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 15:19:14 -0600 Former senator Johnson named U regent The DFL-controlled Legislature rejected two sitting regents, who were both recommended by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The choices left Republicans crying foul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/regents?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 06:33:20 -0600 Pawlenty makes surprise trip to Iraq Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made a surprise trip to Iraq to visit National Guard members and other Minnesota soldiers serving there. Pawlenty requested the trip after 2,600 Minnesota Guard members had their tour of duty extended into the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/07/pawlentyiraq?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2007 09:29:07 -0600 Pawlenty's performance incentives draw some skepticism Gov. Tim Pawlenty has started using a new strategy he says will get better results for the billions the state spends on public education every year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/06/performancebudget?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2007 03:46:47 -0600 Former Sen. Dallas Sams dies of cancer Former state Sen. Dallas Sams, who lost is re-election bid in November, died Monday of cancer. He was 54. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/05/samsdies?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2007 11:31:07 -0600 Planning underway for Minnesota's 150th birthday Gov. Pawlenty and members of a special state commission outlined early plans Thursday for next year's celebration of the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's statehood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/mn150th?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 16:31:45 -0600 Oberstar makes case to Legislature for higher gas tax The powerful House Transportation Committee chair said billions of federal highway dollars are available to the state but are going unused. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/20/oberstar?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:20:26 -0600 Statewide smoking ban hits snag at Capitol A business-friendly committee of the Minnesota Senate altered the bill by adding an exemption for bars that install air ventilation systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/19/smokebansenate?refid=0 Mon, 19 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Swanson files complaint over fixed-price gas billing The Minnesota attorney general says most consumers end up paying more under those plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/15/gas_prices?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 16:38:51 -0600 DFLers introduce immigration reform package Gov. Tim Pawlenty's longstanding opposition to a higher education bill for immigrants hasn't deterred DFL lawmakers from pushing for the measure again this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/immigrationbills?refid=0 Wed, 14 Feb 2007 13:55:30 -0600 Early education plan draws big pricetag The estimated price tag is seven times as costly as Gov. Pawlenty's pre-kindergarten plan. Still, the the legislation received bipartisan praise during a Senate committee hearing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/06/earlyed?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2007 16:40:10 -0600 State rushes to provide benefits to veterans Gov. Tim Pawlenty's package of tax breaks and other benefits to military personnel and their families is a generally popular initiative, but some legislators are raising questions about the long-term cost of the plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/vetsbills?refid=0 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 14:48:44 -0600 Smoking ban bill clears first hurdle Lawmakers heard an hour of testimony, divided equally among supporters and opponents http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/01/smoking_ban?refid=0 Thu, 01 Feb 2007 16:58:18 -0600 Pawlenty to head trade mission to India Minnesota business leaders to India later this year. Pawlenty announced Tuesday his plans for a seven-day, three-city trade mission in October. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/29/india?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:00:00 -0600 Supporters try again to dedicate tax money to the outdoors Hunting and fishing enthusiasts are back at the Capitol this year, trying once again to get dedicated state funding for natural resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/26/resourcesmoney?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Statewide smoking ban proposed at Capitol Previous attempts to pass a statewide smoking ban failed, but supporters believe this could be their year for success. Opponents are mounting their own bipartisan effort to quash the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/25/smokeban?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2007 12:29:19 -0600 Pawlenty proposes budget up 9.3 percent; $1.4B more for schools The governor uses a projected $2 billion surplus to make priority investments in education, energy and health care. DFL legislative leaders say Pawlenty's budget falls short in several areas, but they call it a good starting point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/midday2?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:13:00 -0600 Pawlenty set to release two year budget plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is set to unveil a two-year budget proposal Monday that tops $30 billion and puts his spending priorities for the 2007 session in sharper focus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/budgetsetup?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jan 2007 15:33:00 -0600 Governor pushes school policies in 5th State of State speech The Republican governor told a joint session of the Minnesota House and Senate that lawmakers from both political parties need to work together to move the state in a common direction. But DFL leaders says some of Pawlenty's proposals just won't fly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/17/midday1?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 11:00:00 -0600 Republicans offer anti-crime package Minnesota House Republicans are proposing legislation aimed at getting more police on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/10/gopcrime?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 14:25:08 -0600 DFL releases major legislative initiatives DFL leaders introduced their first bills of the 2007 session on Monday with health care coverage for kids and all-day kindergarten at the top of the list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/08/dflagenda?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jan 2007 17:50:41 -0600 Legislature opens session Although promises of bipartisanship ruled the day, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Republican leaders warned against any efforts to raise taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/legisbegins?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2007 14:32:08 -0600 Legislature begins session with DFL in control The 85th Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene at noon Wednesday. Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders are pledging to work together on some core issues over the next five months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/02/sessionopens?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jan 2007 04:00:00 -0600 Property tax relief is front and center at Capitol Gov. Pawlenty and legislative leaders say a shared priority for the 2007 session is to provide homeowners some relief from rising property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/26/proptaxes?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 04:00:00 -0600 In the line of attorneys general, it's time for the men to move over The Lori Swanson era is about to begin in the Minnesota attorney general's office. Swanson becomes the state's 29th attorney general, next week, and the first woman elected to the office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/28/swansonstory?refid=0 Fri, 29 Dec 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Swift Boat financier was primary source behind anti-Hatch ads An independent group that ran ads criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch was funded mainly by a Houston homebuilder who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against John Kerry in 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/19/swiftboathatch?refid=0 Tue, 19 Dec 2006 13:45:33 -0600 Pawlenty names new DNR head, accepts chief of staff resignation In a second wave of top-level administration changes, Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday put a seasoned official in charge of the Department of Natural Resources and accepted the resignation of his chief of staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/18/pawlentychanges?refid=0 Mon, 18 Dec 2006 16:48:28 -0600 Pawlenty looks to get back on the air for second term Media watchers and political foes question the broadcast arrangement that gives the governor unfiltered airtime once a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/11/pawlentyonair?refid=0 Mon, 11 Dec 2006 14:28:24 -0600 The McCarthy Tapes Eugene McCarthy died in December 2005 at the age of 89. His political legacy will forever be defined by 1968, when McCarthy turned his opposition to the Vietnam War into a crusade for the presidency. The McCarthy Tapes takes us back to the 1968 campaign through the audio recordings of the McCarthy archive. /standard/display/project_display.php?proj_identifier=2006/12/07/mccarthytapes?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 11:02:17 -0600 The McCarthy Tapes: On the campaign trail with Eugene McCarthy A slideshow of Eugene McCarthy on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/12/08_mccarthy_slideshow?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 10:48:21 -0600 The McCarthy Tapes: Resources Resources and links with more information about Eugene McCarthy's life, and the 1968 presidential campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/12/08_mccarthyresources?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 10:45:17 -0600 The McCarthy Tapes: Audio from the archive Audio from the McCarthy archive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/12/08_mccarthyaudio/index.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2006 10:42:26 -0600 Pawlenty strengthens bond with McCain It's a logical move for Pawlenty, who's grown close to McCain both politically and personally in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/01/pawlentymccain?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2006 14:49:47 -0600 State predicts $2 billion budget surplus over next three years The surplus means lawmakers are likely to face a parade of proposals for spending the money in the 2007 session. Gov. Pawlenty also has proposed a plan that would give some of the money back to taxpayers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/budget?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 19:00:00 -0600 McCarthy's tapes and documents reside at U of M library More than 500 boxes of audio recordings, films, letters, photographs, videotapes and written records make up the Eugene McCarthy collection at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/29/mccarthysidebar?refid=0 Wed, 29 Nov 2006 10:51:32 -0600 New speaker takes over at Capitol A self-described "hockey mom" is about to become one of the most visible leaders in state government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/21/kelliherprofile?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 15:50:06 -0600 After '68 Although Eugene McCarthy did not win the Democratic Party nomination for president in 1968, author Mark Kurlansky never viewed McCarthy as a failure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy3c?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:31:44 -0600 The Chicago convention -- a loss amid chaos The Democratic convention opened in Chicago under oppressive conditions. Tension was building between police and the thousands of anti-war protesters who had gathered in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy3b?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:29:18 -0600 A question of conviction The assassination of Robert Kennedy in June 1968 pushed an already divided Democratic Party into further disarray. For Eugene McCarthy, it was the darkest period of the campaign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy3a?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:28:10 -0600 Humphrey runs; assassinations shock the nation The next shocking event came four days later on April 4, when Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed outside a Memphis motel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy2c?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:26:56 -0600 RFK in; LBJ out McCarthy's strong finish in the New Hampshire primary showed the vulnerability of the incumbent president. It also convinced another war opponent to enter the race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy2b?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:25:46 -0600 Getting "Clean for Gene" When Eugene McCarthy finished a close second in the New Hampshire primary, he delivered a stinging indictment against President Johnson and the Vietnam War. The entire complexion of the presidential race soon changed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy2a?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:24:44 -0600 Surprise in New Hampshire Eugene McCarthy hit the campaign trail in New Hampshire, home of the year's first presidential primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy1c?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:23:41 -0600 The anti-war candidate Vietnam was becoming an increasingly bloody and unpopular war in 1967 and 1968. Eugene McCarthy took up the anti-war mantle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy1b?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:22:14 -0600 McCarthy takes a risk Eugene McCarthy died in December 2005 at the age of 89. His political legacy will forever be defined by 1968, when McCarthy turned his opposition to the Vietnam War into a crusade for the presidency. "The McCarthy Tapes" takes us back to the 1968 campaign through the audio recordings of the McCarthy archive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/20/mccarthy1a?refid=0 Mon, 20 Nov 2006 15:20:31 -0600 Dean Johnson says goodbyes at Capitol The veteran legislator from Willmar made some of his first public comments about his election loss as he prepared for a caucus meeting to welcome newly-elected senators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/dj?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:35:16 -0600 Bachmann retains 6th District seat for GOP Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in a hard-fought contest that will go down as the state's most expensive U.S. House race. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/08/6dist?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2006 03:04:57 -0600 Poll: voters down on Congress A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows most voters are displeased with Congress heading into the November election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/congresspoll?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 07:01:36 -0600 Dutcher caught short on E-85 question Democrat Mike Hatch sought to reassure voters of his expertise on ethanol on Thursday, a day after his running mate drew a blank when she was questioned in farm country about E-85. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/e85?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Poll shows Swanson leading attorney general race A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows DFLer Lori Swanson with an increasing lead in the race for attorney general. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/02/agpoll?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 06:36:51 -0600 Poll suggests close race for governor A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows the governor's race remains locked in a dead heat with just six days until the election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/31/govpollstory?refid=0 Wed, 01 Nov 2006 03:00:00 -0600 6th District race comes down to the wire Voters in Minnesota's 6th District are poised to elect a woman to Congress this year. But which woman? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/27/6thdistrict?refid=0 Fri, 27 Oct 2006 15:08:40 -0500 Laura Bush campaigns for Bachmann, Gutknecht Mrs. Bush was in Minnetonka Wednesday morning for a $500-a-plate breakfast for Bachmann and the Republican Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/25/bush?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:04:43 -0500 Wetterling the frontrunner in the 6th? A new poll shows Patty Wetterling is the frontrunner in the 6th District race. But Republicans say the poll isn't credible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/17/wetterlingleads?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2006 14:26:06 -0500 Candidates for governor position themselves as crime fighters Public safety is traditionally an important issue for voters, especially those living in areas touched by drugs or violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/16/crimeingovrace?refid=0 Tue, 17 Oct 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Stem cell issue fuels flare-up in attorney general race During a debate on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning program, Lori Swanson said Jeff Johnson supported a bill as a state legislator that was aimed at limiting stem cell research at the University of Minnesota. Johnson accused Swanson of resorting to wedge issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/midmorning1?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Wetterling gets national platform 6th District DFL Congressional candidate Patty Wetterling talked to a national radio audience Saturday about child safety and the Mark Foley scandal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/07/wetterlingradio?refid=0 Sat, 07 Oct 2006 14:49:04 -0500 Stem cells, railroad make for fireworks in governor debate In their first and only post-primary debate outside of the Twin Cities, the two frontrunners and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson were forced to address the medical research issue and a railroad expansion that both loom large in the state's third-largest city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/05/midday2?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Poll shows tight 6th District race Results of the Reuters/Zogby poll found Republican Michele Bachmann and Democrat Patty Wetterling running neck and neck with just a month left before the election. Meanwhile, the Mark Foley scandal is growing as a campaign issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/04/6thdistrict?refid=0 Wed, 04 Oct 2006 16:26:52 -0500 Education becomes key issue in governor's race Public education is traditionally a top issue for many Minnesota voters, and this year's election is no exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/03/issues_education?refid=0 Tue, 03 Oct 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Poll shows slight shift in gay marriage opinions A new Minnesota Public Radio/St. Paul Pioneer Press poll shows a majority of Minnesotans are still opposed to legalizing gay marriage, but the opposition appears to be softening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/pollgaymarriage?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 03:00:00 -0500 Many voters unsure of attorney general race, candidates A new Minnesota Public Radio/Pioneer Press poll shows DFLer Lori Swanson leading in the race for attorney general, but more than a third of the surveyed voters are undecided. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/25/agpoll?refid=0 Tue, 26 Sep 2006 03:00:00 -0500 6th District hopefuls debate The three candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 6th district offered distinctly different views and sharp exchanges on health care, taxes and the war in Iraq in a debate Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/21/woodburydebate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Sep 2006 20:45:49 -0500 Republican tries to make AG race a referendum on Hatch Republican attorney general hopeful Jeff Johnson made clear Friday he would try to turn the race into a referendum on outgoing Attorney General Mike Hatch, whose top deputy is the Democratic nominee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/15/agdebate?refid=0 Fri, 15 Sep 2006 12:14:41 -0500 Primary night suspense? Attorney general races provided it Minnesota Solicitor General Lori Swanson will take on Rep. Jeff Johnson. But the closest race was in the Independence Party. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/agrace?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 00:51:26 -0500 Somber ceremony at Capitol marks anniversary of attacks Erik Aamoth and Judy Schneider remember Sept. 11, 2001, by the phone calls that never came. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/capitolceremony?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 09:27:10 -0500 Gambling an issue in House District 35B primary race Rep. Mark Buesgens, R-Jordan, is one of only two incumbent members of the Minnesota House facing a primary election challenge this year. He's being challenged because of his support for expanding gambling in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/07/buesgensrace?refid=0 Fri, 08 Sep 2006 06:00:00 -0500 Three DFLers battle for attorney general nomination Minnesota's primary election is just one week away, and the most competitive statewide race has also been the most courteous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/01/dflagpreview?refid=0 Tue, 05 Sep 2006 08:00:00 -0500 Southern Minnesota residents cleaning up after storms Cleanup operations were in full swing Friday in parts of southern Minnesota, where a deadly tornado cut a path of destruction 20 miles long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/25/storm_folo?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2006 16:10:57 -0500 Bush visit energizes Republicans President Bush mixed policy and politics into a four and a half hour trip to Minnesota Tuesday. The president led a panel discussion on health care in Minnetonka and later appeared at a fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Michele Bachmann in Wayzata. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/22/bushvisitfolo?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Hatch renews call for embryonic stem cell research DFL candidate for governor Mike Hatch is trying to make embryonic stem cell research a key issue in this year's campaign. For the second time in a month, Hatch held a news conference to propose a $100 million state investment in stem cell research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/21/hatchstemcells?refid=0 Mon, 21 Aug 2006 16:25:11 -0500 Candidate's education view shaped as superintendent Among the endorsed major party candidates for governor, only Peter Hutchinson of the Independence Party has never before held elected office. But he has a public record, serving more than three years as the superintendent of the Minneapolis school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/11/hutchinsonrecord?refid=0 Sun, 13 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Terrorism as a campaign issue The war on terror is suddenly getting a lot more attention on the campaign trail. Minnesota's U.S. Senate candidates were among the politicians who responded quickly to news of the foiled terrorist plot in London to bomb commercial airliners, pledging their resolve to fight terrorism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/10/terrorpolitics?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2006 18:23:35 -0500 Hatch weighs in on Entenza flap A day after DFL State Rep. Matt Entenza quit the race for attorney general, the man he wanted to replace -- Mike Hatch -- weighed in on the controversy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/afterentenza?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Sheryl Corrigan steps down as head of MPCA The commissioner of Minnesota's Pollution Control Agency will step down from that post on Aug. 1, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday. Sheryl Corrigan said she plans to pursue a job in the private sector. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/29/corriganleaves?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jun 2006 09:43:14 -0500 Good grades would mean free college under Pawlenty plan Gov. Pawlenty has outlined a plan to provide free in-state college tuition to Minnesota's top high school students. Pawlenty says an estimated 16,000 students could benefit in the first year. DFL critics say the Republican governor has had an election-year conversion on higher education issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/27/freetuition?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:41:56 -0500 Even with endorsement, Hatch can't shake DFL opposition Minnesota Attorney General Mike Hatch is the DFL endorsed candidate for governor. Hatch won the endorsement on Saturday in Rochester, beating out state Senators Becky Lourey and Steve Kelley. The endorsement makes Hatch the clear frontrunner to take on Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty but he will have to win the DFL primary first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/10/dfldaytwo?refid=0 Sun, 11 Jun 2006 11:00:00 -0500 Outdoors amendment dead for this session The prospects of the state lawmakers taking up a constitutional amendment on natural resources during a summer special session are over. DFL Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson Thursday rejected the latest Republican House offer to raise the state sales tax by one-eighth of 1 percent for hunting and fishing habitats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/08/outdoorsdead?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jun 2006 16:46:31 -0500 Report suggests immigrants boost economy A new report from Minnesota's legislative auditor says the overall economic impact of immigrants in Minnesota is positive, but the study also says the cost to taxpayers of immigrants who have come to the state illegally is largely unknown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/immigrants?refid=0 Thu, 25 May 2006 17:39:32 -0500 Pawlenty signs one stadium bill; one to go The University of Minnesota is moving ahead quickly to prepare for the construction of a new on-campus football stadium. Gov. Pawlenty signed the bill on Wednesday that authorizes the $248 million project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/24/gophersstadium?refid=0 Wed, 24 May 2006 17:57:13 -0500 Familiar faces leaving Legislature All House and Senate seats are on the ballot this fall. And so far 25 incumbent legislators have announced they are not running for re-election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/retirements?refid=0 Mon, 22 May 2006 07:13:25 -0500 Gophers, Twins stadiums on the verge of final passage State lawmakers are expected to vote on two stadium bills Saturday, after House and Senate negotiators have reached agreements on stadium financing plans for the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota. Friday night's deal for an on-campus Gopher football stadium comes at a slightly higher cost than previous proposals, but students would pay less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/stadiumdeal?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 10:53:22 -0500 Minnesota Legislature moving toward video game ban A bill passed by the House and Senate would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from renting or buying some video games. Store owners would also have to post signs about the age restriction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/18/video?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2006 17:10:53 -0500 Time working against natural resources bill at Capitol With time running out, House and Senate negotiators have been unable to bridge a fundamental difference between their bills. The House bill would dedicate a percentage of existing sales taxes, while the Senate wants a sales tax increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/17/enviro?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 16:44:15 -0500 Cheney thanks Minnesota National Guard members Vice President Dick Cheney was in Minnesota Monday to give a boost to military personnel as well as Republican candidates. Cheney spoke at a rally for the Minnesota National Guard at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He also attended a GOP fundraiser at a private residence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/15/cheneyvisit?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Convention to whittle 6th District candidate field Democrats in the 6th Congressional District will meet Saturday in Monticello to endorse a candidate for the U.S. House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/12/dfl6thpreview?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Senate passes budget, avoids abortion vote The DFL-controlled Minnesota Senate has side-stepped a showdown over abortion by stripping several measures out of its budget bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/senatespending?refid=0 Mon, 08 May 2006 22:51:06 -0500 Bachmann wins GOP endorsement for U.S. House in 6th District Bachmann easily won the endorsement contest Saturday in Monticello and is looking ahead to the November election. Her three challengers say they are sticking to their pledge not to run in a primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/06/6dist?refid=0 Sat, 06 May 2006 17:46:29 -0500 State lawmakers take differing views on public broadcasting, MPR House and Senate negotiators will begin working out their differences this week on a proposed constitutional amendment to protect Minnesota hunting and fishing habitats. There's debate over a provision to provide money to public broadcasting, as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/mprfunding?refid=0 Mon, 01 May 2006 03:15:12 -0500 House approves referendum for outdoor resources The House bill runs counter to the state Senate's version, which would raise the sales tax to provide even more dedicated funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/25/natresources?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 20:55:45 -0500 Alternative pay for teachers making slow progress Minnesota school leaders are moving slowly when it comes to changing the way they pay their teachers. Only 15 school districts have made the switch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/20/qcompfortues?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2006 01:01:00 -0500 Lawmakers call for tighter security around St. Peter hospital A convicted rapist remains at large after squeezing through a broken window Saturday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/stpeter?refid=0 Tue, 18 Apr 2006 16:55:04 -0500 Sixth district GOP race provides early election-year drama The common campaign theme among the Republican challengers is that Congress doesn't just need more Republicans, it needs more conservative Republicans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/campaign_2006?refid=0 Mon, 17 Apr 2006 10:00:00 -0500 Ford confirms shutdown of St. Paul plant Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its plans to close its assembly plant in St. Paul in 2008. Officials from the United Auto Workers first announced the news was coming earlier in the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/fordclosure?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 09:44:05 -0500 Officials say they need full funding for avian flu prep The leaders of several state government departments and agencies say they're prepared for a possible bird flu pandemic. But those officials also say the Legislature needs to come through this year with sufficient funding to keep the preparations on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/12/birdfluprep?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2006 09:55:41 -0500 Pawlenty, Rybak pledge to cooperate Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak are pledging to work together to fight crime in the state's largest city. They met Friday afternoon to smooth over their public disagreement about paying for public safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/crimesummit?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 16:53:57 -0500 House passes restrictions on eminent domain The Minnesota House has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping revision of the state's eminent domain law. The measure would tightly control when local government officials could seize private property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/domain?refid=0 Thu, 06 Apr 2006 21:15:51 -0500 Senate approves dedicated state money for outdoors, arts The Minnesota Senate has approved legislation that lets voters decide whether to raise sales taxes to benefit environmental programs and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/03/salestax?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2006 15:35:32 -0500 Senate votes to restrict eminent domain Minnesota lawmakers have moved closer to restricting the ability of local government officials to seize private property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/27/eminent_domain?refid=0 Mon, 27 Mar 2006 10:41:55 -0600 Whose side is God on in same-sex marriage debate? Both camps in Minnesota's same-sex marriage debate are making the case that God is on their side. Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage rallied at the Capitol Thursday, just as supporters did earlier this week. Both rallies put the focus on religious faith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/23/samesex?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Tearful Martin Sabo announces retirement from Congress "In my gut I know the time is right," the Minneapolis DFLer said on Saturday as he announced the end of his political career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/18/saboretires?refid=0 Sat, 18 Mar 2006 15:11:34 -0600 Pawlenty plan spends some, saves some and shaves some taxes Gov. Pawlenty says the state needs more money to house sex offenders and to reduce the tax bite on married couples. Those initiatives are among the highlights of a supplemental budget plan the governor announced on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/budget1?refid=0 Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:10:22 -0600 DFLers come up with their own immigration proposal The list of immigration reform ideas at the state Capitol is growing longer. DFL senators unveiled a package of proposals Wednesday that focuses on education and workforce issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/08/dflimmigration?refid=0 Wed, 08 Mar 2006 16:43:24 -0600 DFLers propose more money to reduce class sizes DFL lawmakers have unveiled a $300 million incentive plan to ease classroom crowding in Minnesota public schools. The proposal, announced Monday, would offer additional state money to school districts that keep class sizes below specific targets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/06/classsizes?refid=0 Mon, 06 Mar 2006 16:56:02 -0600 Northwest strikers want unemployment benefits Members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association held a rally on Monday at the state Capitol to make their case and mark the six-month anniversary of their strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/20/amfarally?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:28:18 -0600 State suspends biodiesel fuel mandate State officials have rolled back a biodiesel fuel requirement for the next three weeks, while they try to determine if the soybean-based product is clogging fuel filters on some trucks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/22_pugmiret_biodiesel/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2005 15:34:00 -0600 Eugene McCarthy, who galvanized a generation of war opponents, dies Former Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy, one of Minnesota's and the country's most influential political figures of the last century, has died. He was 89. McCarthy's opposition to the Vietnam War became his platform for an unsuccessful 1968 bid to win his party's presidential nomination. He lost to fellow Democrat and Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey, but the effort influenced American politics for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/15_olsond_genemccarthy/?refid=0 Sat, 10 Dec 2005 15:51:00 -0600 Audit: From taxes to payroll, state government data not safe Vast amounts of data on the state's mainframe computers - from welfare rolls to tax records - are vulnerable to unauthorized access and tampering, an auditor said Wednesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_pugmiret_computer/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 15:35:00 -0600 Audit shows flaws in school integration funding Minnesota's legislative auditor says more focus and oversight are needed for the state money used to integrate public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/17_pugmiret_deseg/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2005 16:35:00 -0600 Students, school district leaders on state trade mission to China Seven high school seniors are heading to China as part of Gov.Pawlenty's six-day, four-city trade mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/10_pugmiret_chinaed/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:05:00 -0600 Voters approve tax increases in many school districts Election Day results show Minnesota school districts were largely successful convincing voters of the need to increase local property taxes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/09_pugmiret_refrecap/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2005 15:35:00 -0600 Consultant becomes the issue in school referendum campaign In a year when state lawmakers increased funding for K-12 education, at least 90 Minnesota school districts are seeking voter approval on Tuesday to raise local property taxes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/01_pugmiret_dorr/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 14:54:00 -0600 High energy costs squeeze schools' budgets High heating costs this winter could mean cooler classrooms and tighter budgets for many Minnesota school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/24_pugmiret_energy/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 15:00:00 -0500 New charter schools face tougher state scrutiny Twenty-three new charter schools opened for business in Minnesota this fall. New rules should help them avoid some of the management mistakes that have claimed other charter schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_pugmiret_charters/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Momentum for Gophers stadium picks up A agreement for a special session of the Minnesota Legislature appears to be near, but stadium proposals for the Twins and Vikings may get left behind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/06_pugmiret_specsession/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 08:38:00 -0500 Gas prices influencing Minnesota drivers, policymakers High gasoline prices aren't just changing driving habits in Minnesota. They're also setting the stage for more debate over state transportation policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/27_pugmiret_transportation/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Biodiesel requirement takes effect State officials are celebrating the start of a new requirement Thursday that all diesel fuel sold in Minnesota contain 2 percent biodiesel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_steilm_biodiesel/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesotans ready to respond to Rita's victims State government agencies and non-profit organizations stepped in quickly after Hurricane Katrina struck. They're prepared again, if needed, for a repeat performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/23_pugmiret_rita/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 16:07:00 -0500 New magnet schools are key to suburban desegregation plan Schools in Brooklyn Center and Osseo are getting help this fall from neighboring school districts to correct the growing racial imbalances they've seen in some of their classrooms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_pugmiret_deseg/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Northwest retirees worried about their pensions Northwest Airlines' bankruptcy filing has raised serious questions among workers and retirees about the pension benefits they've been promised. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/15_pugmiret_nwapensions/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:03:00 -0500 Minnesota schools prepare for evacuated students Minnesota's preparations for up to 3,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees include getting school districts ready to welcome new students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/06_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 16:05:00 -0500 Lakeville designs smaller feeling into large new high school The fast-growing Lakeville school district gets some much-needed classroom space Tuesday when it opens a second high school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_pugmiret_schools/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:33:00 -0500 School year starts with new money, old complaints Minnesota school districts are resuming classes -- and for the first time in three years, they have more state funding to work with. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_pugmiret_financial/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Sep 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Number of underperforming public schools is down dramatically Across-the-board improvements on statewide student tests had a big impact. But changes in the way the state is measuring school progress also helped pare the list. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/29_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2005 15:37:00 -0500 State, school districts prepare for changes in teacher pay Minnesota school districts will soon decide if they're ready to change the way they pay teachers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/15_pugmiret_comp/?refid=0 Sun, 14 Aug 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Wilf gets down to stadium talk Zygi Wilf made his first appearance before the Metropolitan Sports Commission to share his vision for the Vikings as well as a new Vikings stadium. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/12_pugmiret_vikings/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2005 16:09:00 -0500 Schools get more money for gifted and talented children Public schools in Minnesota are getting a long-awaited boost in state funding to better serve exceptionally bright students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/26_pugmiret_gifted/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Gambling is sticking point in late-night negotiating session Gov. Pawlenty and top legislative leaders returned to the bargaining table Wednesday night, but could not reach a deal to end the partial state government shutdown. Negotiators on all sides said progress was made during the late-night talks, but the Republican-backed plan for slot machines at Canterbury Park remained a key sticking point to solving the budget impasse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_mccalluml_day7/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2005 07:26:00 -0500 State lawmakers want a new approach to student testing When Minnesota legislators complete their work on a public school funding plan, they will likely include a change in statewide student testing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/30_pugmiret_testing/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2005 15:00:00 -0500 Passed over in Denver, Pat Harvey resigns from St. Paul schools St. Paul public schools Superintendent Pat Harvey says she plans to resign at the end of December. Harvey lost out in her bid to become the superintendent in Denver. She was one of three finalists for the job. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/27_pugmiret_harveyquits/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jun 2005 17:00:00 -0500 Guys and dolls in Minneapolis Thousands of children and adults are gathering this weekend in Minneapolis to pay homage to the toy they love. Not just any toy, but the best-selling action figure of all time, G.I. Joe. Organizers of the International G.I. Joe Collectors' Convention say their event is attracting an army of admirers from around the world. They say the 40-year-old action figure is now a multi-generational hit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/24_pugmiret_guysanddolls/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2005 17:10:00 -0500 Parents question superintendent about budget cuts, not style Minneapolis public schools Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles is making good on her pledge to do a better job representing the entire city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/22_pugmiret_peeblesmtg/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Bush promotes Medicare drug plan in Maple Grove President Bush made a brief stop in suburban Minneapolis Friday to promote prescription drug coverage options soon to be available to Medicare recipients. Bush appeared at the Maple Grove Community Center before several hundred invited guests. His visit brought out hundreds of supporters and critics for a duel of signs and slogans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_zdechlikm_bushvisits/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:40:00 -0500 Peebles stays but needs to improve; Harvey may leave St. Paul schools Uncertainty clouds the leadership of two of the state's three largest school districts, as Minneapolis school officials tell Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles she needs to improve, while St. Paul Superintendent Pat Harvey is being considered for the top job in Denver. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/14_pugmiret_twosupers/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2005 12:32:00 -0500 Minneapolis schools chief's performance under scrutiny The Minneapolis school board is taking more time to decide the future of Superintendent Thandiwe Peebles. Board members met in closed session Monday to review her job performance. Peebles' leadership style has reportedly rubbed some staff and parents the wrong way. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/13_pugmiret_peeblesfuture/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2005 14:19:00 -0500 Program smooths the path to college for some urban students It's the season for caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance, and, ultimately, diplomas for more than 60,000 Minnesota high school seniors. One after-school program helps disadvantaged students in St. Paul and Minneapolis get into college. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/06_pugmiret_graduates/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2005 15:59:00 -0500 It's closing time for some Minneapolis schools The end of the school year later this week marks the official closing of 10 Minneapolis schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/13_pugmiret_hollandclose/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Schools impatient for action on education budget School district leaders are relying a lot on guesswork this year as they prepare their annual operating budgets. They still don't know how much state funding is headed their way, because state lawmakers have yet to pass an education finance bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/01_pugmiret_schoolstalled/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jun 2005 04:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty wants to prevent teacher strikes Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to prevent Minnesota teachers from going out on strike during the school year. Critics say the plan is unacceptable, because it would significantly alter the collective bargaining process in school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/23_pugmiret_teacherstrikes/?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2005 17:00:00 -0500 One school's view of education funding, budget cuts Minnesota lawmakers have yet to hash out how much they'll boost state education spending over the next two years. A look at one school's attempts to deal with tight budgets. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_pugmiret_monroe/?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2005 11:05:00 -0500 School lunches go international St. Paul school district officials are trying to spice up their lunch menu to satisfy the tastes of an increasingly diverse student population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/27_pugmiret_lunch/?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Senate hikes education spending with unanimous K-12 vote The K-12 education finance bill lawmakers passed Thursday night provides significantly more money for schools than Gov. Pawlenty's budget or the House education bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/05_pugmiret_senatek12/?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2005 07:13:00 -0500 Bill thaws funding freeze for schools A $12.6 billion package for K-12 education that would give schools their first state aid increase since 2002 cleared the Minnesota House on Wednesday, despite suggestions that the bill doesn't spend enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/04_pugmiret_ktwelve/?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2005 22:07:00 -0500 Schools on longest test-score slide look for turnaround Another round of statewide testing is underway in schools, and the stakes have never been higher. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/13_pugmiret_corrective/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2005 12:12:00 -0500 Effectiveness of required tutor programs not yet clear No Child Left Behind requires struggling schools to provide tutors for disadvantaged students. Despite low participation, more than two dozen schools in the state will still spend several million dollars for tutors this year. And some educators and lawmakers are wondering if they're getting their money's worth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/12_pugmiret_tutors/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Eighth grade test results improve and achievement gaps narrow Minnesota eighth grade test scores have climbed this year in both reading and math. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/02_pugmiret_skills/?refid=0 Sat, 02 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Red Lake shootings prompt crisis drill in St. Paul school The deadly school shootings in Red Lake prompted principals throughout the state to review their safety procedures. One St. Paul school decided it was time to road test its plan. Humboldt Senior High School conducted a lockdown drill Wednesday to remind students and staff how they should respond if a similar event occurred there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/23_pugmiret_kids/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 16:50:00 -0600 Shooting shows benefits, limits of school safety plans Education leaders throughout Minnesota are looking again at school safety and security procedures after the shooting deaths of eight people at Red Lake High School. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/23_pugmiret_school/?refid=0 Wed, 23 Mar 2005 00:02:00 -0600 High school reform plan includes more college-level classes High school students are under growing pressure to work harder in their classes and avoid the temptation of coasting to a diploma. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/15_pugmiret_students/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Thousands rally for state education funding Nearly 6,000 people gathered outside the state Capitol Monday to show their support of public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/01_pugmiret_schoolrally/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Mar 2005 10:03:00 -0600 Pressure builds at Capitol for a school funding boost State lawmakers are under a lot of pressure this year to increase funding for public schools. The pressure is increasing as many parents are tired of budget problems in local schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/28_pugmiret_sessionk/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Pressure builds at Capitol for a school funding boost State lawmakers are under a lot of pressure this year to increase funding for public schools. The pressure is increasing as many parents are tired of budget problems in local schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/28_pugmiret_sessionk/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Smoking ban heads for Senate floor vote A proposed indoor smoking ban for Minnesota bars and restaurants has cleared another legislative hurdle. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure Monday on a 9-7 vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/21_pugmiret_smokingban/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Feb 2005 16:15:00 -0600 School voucher bill targets Minneapolis and St. Paul families The school voucher debate could soon heat up in the Minnesota Legislature. Two Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday that would provide state grants to needy families in Minneapolis and St. Paul to send their children to private elementary or secondary schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/03_pugmiret_vouchers/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2005 10:36:00 -0600 Waseca schools break new ground in teacher pay A group of state legislators travels to south-central Minnesota on Tuesday to see how a small school district is changing the way its teachers get paid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_pugmiret_wasecapay/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2005 01:00:00 -0600 All-day kindergarten growth rests on state funding Legislation introduced this year in the Minnesota House and Senate would help expand all-day kindergarten options throughout the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/20_pugmiret_12k/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Governor's education budget pushes changes in teacher pay Gov. Tim Pawlenty is making changes in teacher pay the cornerstone of his upcoming education budget. His plan includes incentives for teachers to be paid based on their performance in the classroom. He is also proposing 2 percent increases in basic school funding in each of the next two years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/13_pugmiret_schoolfunding/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2005 15:44:00 -0600 Seagren confirmation sails through education committee Hearing only praise, Alice Seagren received unanimous support from the Senate Education Committee in her quest for confirmation as Gov. Tim Pawlenty's education commissioner. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/11_pugmiret_seagren/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2005 18:06:00 -0600 2005 Legislature could provide funding boost to education Despite a projected budget shortfall, Minnesota lawmakers appear ready to include more money for public schools when they put together a state budget for the next two years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/05_pugmiret_edpreview/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Minnesota teachers join the call for more school funding The union representing Minnesota teachers has joined the call for increased state spending on schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/16_pugmiret_edagenda/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2004 09:57:00 -0600 Local school leaders pushing for more state funding School leaders throughout Minnesota say it's time for state lawmakers to end their financial pain. They're pushing for an increase in state support over the next two years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/06_pugmiret_schoolpriorities/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis plan means fewer middle schools, more K-8 schools The Minneapolis school district is on the verge of phasing out more of its middle schools and placing those students in the same buildings with elementary grade children. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/24_pugmiret_mplsk8schools/?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Schools slowly filling with Hmong refugees St. Paul school district officials say 600 Hmong refugee students have enrolled since the beginning of the school year, and hundreds more could still arrive in the coming weeks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/27_pugmiret_hmongtransition/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Voting made easy by following rules, asking questions The campaigning is nearly over. The candidates have made their pitches. It's now time for voters to make their choices. Tuesday is Election Day. Experienced voters know where to go and what to do. Others will enter the voting booth for the first time and may be unsure about what it takes to exercise their democratic right. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/01_pugmiret_votersguide/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty renews call for teacher reforms Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he wants to increase K-12 education funding next year, as long as the money is linked to several key reforms. The governor plans to push the recommendations of a national panel that wants to overhaul the current systems for training and paying teachers. Pawlenty outlined his priorities for schools Wednesday during a meeting with business, education and government leaders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/13_pugmiret_pawlentyed/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2004 16:15:00 -0500 Governor, district leaders explore school management options Gov. Tim Pawlenty is planning a trip to Edmonton, Alberta, later this year to see how that Canadian city's public schools work. Edmonton has been a leader in the practice of site-based management - a decentralized system that gives principals a greater say in spending decisions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/07_pugmiret_sitebased/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 11:00:00 -0500 Racial learning gap defies easy explanation or solution Any way you look at it, students of color aren't doing as well in school as their white classmates. The academic disparities among racial groups are known collectively as &quot;the achievement gap.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_pugmiret_gapoverview/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Closing the gap: one school's approach When educators talk about &quot;the achievement gap&quot; they're referring to the wide disparities in performance among racial groups of students. African American and Hispanic students consistently score below their white peers on standardized tests. Students from low-income families face a similar divide. That puts schools in high-poverty areas, with many students of color, at a distinct disadvantage. Many are struggling. But others appear to be defying the odds, making huge academic gains. Dayton's Bluff Elementary was one of St. Paul's lowest performing schools just a few years ago. Now, it's one of the best. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/20_pugmiret_gapdaytonsbluff/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 00:01:00 -0500 The Education Achievement Gap: Minnesota's Embarrassment Minnesota students are traditionally among the nation's top performers on key standardized tests. Unfortunately, the statewide averages mask an embarrassing reality. Students of color consistently score far below their white classmates. This disparity in academic performance between groups of students is known as the achievement gap. It's a national problem. But Minnesota's gap is particularly wide. MPR News analyzes the gap in this special series, and also gives you an opportunity to suggest solutions with our Idea Generator. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/09/achievementgap/?refid=0 Sun, 26 Sep 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Funding for schools becoming a campaign issue Education funding is heating up as a campaign issue across Minnesota. Nearly one-fifth of the state's school districts will ask local voters this fall to provide additional tax support. And educators are pressuring state lawmakers, many of whom are up for re-election, to increase funding for public schools in the 2005 legislative session. Suburban business leaders and education officials met Wednesday at a Bloomington hotel to try to add some clarity to a complicated debate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/22_pugmiret_edfunding/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2004 15:57:00 -0500 Military charter schools promise disciplined education Two new St. Paul charter schools are offering a distinct military approach to education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/07_pugmiret_milcharters/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2004 01:00:00 -0500 Big increase in number of schools missing No Child goals State education officials have identified 472 Minnesota schools that are not meeting the performance goals required under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. The list of schools released Thursday at the state fair is more than three times longer than last year's. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_pugmiret_schoolreport/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 10:04:00 -0500 Criticism mounts in advance of school list release The list of schools falling short of the No Child Left Behind standards is expected to grow this year, because the evaluation includes test data from middle schools and high schools for the first time. Educators worry the list, without detailed explanation, will wrongly label schools as 'failures.' http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/23_pugmiret_schoollist/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2004 16:25:00 -0500 New superintendent has plans for Minneapolis schools The new superintendent of the Minneapolis school district says she wants to make sure parents believe again in public education. Thandiwe Peebles officially began her new job Wednesday by outlining some of her goals in a morning news conference. Peebles will try to raise achievement levels in district that is losing students and money at alarming rates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/21_pugmiret_mplssuper/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2004 15:06:00 -0500 Seagren brings different style but same philosophy Gov. Tim Pawlenty says his new education commissioner will bring a different style to the job than her predecessor, but no less commitment to school reform. Pawlenty announced Tuesday his selection of Rep. Alice Seagren, R-Bloomington, to fill the vacant cabinet post. Lawmakers and education leaders say Seagren's style and insider knowledge make her an excellent choice to lead the Minnesota Department of Education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/19_scheckt_edcommissioner/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2004 11:51:00 -0500 State sets new benchmark for high school tests State education officials have released the test scores they'll use to determine whether Minnesota high schools are meeting performance goals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/14_pugmiret_mcascores/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2004 15:33:00 -0500 Legislative inaction causes pain for Minneapolis preschools Minneapolis school district officials say the state Legislature's failure to pass an education finance bill this year has forced them to cut back a popular preschool program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_pugmiret_hifive/?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2004 01:00:00 -0500 School testing experts stress soundness of latest state scores State education officials say the third and fifth grade test scores in reading and math showed slight gains this year, and they're confident these results are accurate. The Minnesota Department of Education released scores Wednesday from latest round of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. Earlier this year, the department discovered the 2003 tests had been wrongly scored. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/19_pugmiret_testing/?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2004 15:01:00 -0500 Search is on for Yecke replacement The search is on for a new state education commissioner to replace Cheri Pierson Yecke. The DFL-controlled Minnesota Senate put Yecke out of work during the closing hours of the legislative session by voting down her confirmation. The Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty, has promised he'll pick someone with the same strong views on school reform. That political shoving match is prompting some lawmakers to call for a change in the selection process. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/18_pugmiret_afteryecke/?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Yecke blasts Minnesota's political climate for vote to oust her The state's ex-education chief says she's convinced she lost her job because of partisan politics, not her performance. Cheri Pierson Yecke spoke to reporters about her 15 months in office Sunday afternoon at her home in Blaine. Earlier in the day, the Minnesota Senate voted against her confirmation during a chaotic close to the 2004 Legislative session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/16_pugmiret_yecke/?refid=0 Sun, 16 May 2004 18:37:00 -0500 Minnesotans reflect on impact of Brown decision Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Many African-American Minnesotans witnessed dramatic changes brought by the ruling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/15_pugmiret_brownimpact/?refid=0 Sun, 16 May 2004 17:45:00 -0500 Bridging the great social studies divide House and Senate negotiators will try to reach a compromise this week on one of the session's biggest education controversies -- social studies standards for Minnesota public schools. Conference committee members met for the first time Monday to begin hammering out the broader education policy bill that will include the standards. Their challenge is finding common ground between two dramatically different approaches to teaching civics, economics, geography and history. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/07_pugmiret_socstds/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 10:14:00 -0500 Senate approves alternative plan for social studies standards It's now up to House and Senate negotiators to try to come up with a plan for teaching social studies in Minnesota public schools. The DFL-controlled Senate approved its set of social studies standards Thursday night as part of a larger education policy bill. The vote was 34-31. Supporters say the Senate's learning requirements are less prescriptive than the plan approved by the Republican House. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/06_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 07:14:00 -0500 Senate panel votes against Yecke confirmation State Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke says she'll be back at work as usual on Wednesday, even though a key legislative panel wants her removed from the job she's held for over a year. Members of the DFL-controlled Senate Education Committee voted on a 6-to-4 party-line vote Tuesday to reject Yecke's confirmation as commissioner. The recommendation now goes to the full Senate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/27_pugmiret_yeckevote/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2004 07:14:00 -0500 Rural legislators target urban school funds Minneapolis and St. Paul school district officials are blasting legislation that would take away some of the state funding they get for keeping their schools racially balanced. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/12_pugmiret_desegmoney/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2004 15:46:00 -0500 State test scores level off, but learning gap narrows Minnesota eighth grade test scores in math took a slight dip this year, while reading scores remained steady from 2003. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/06_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2004 06:00:00 -0500 Lawmakers hear divided opinions on Yecke confirmation Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke is trying to convince lawmakers that she's been an effective leader for public education the past year and deserves to keep her title. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/02_pugmiret_yecke/?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2004 08:15:00 -0600 Yecke facing confirmation battle Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke is telling state lawmakers she's been an effective leader for public education the past year and deserves to keep her job. Critics meanwhile are portraying the commissioner as a divisive force who should be removed. The Senate Education Committee is listening to testimony for and against Yecke as part of her confirmation hearing. Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire has been following the action at the Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2004/04/01_pugmiret_yecke?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 18:00:00 -0600 House education bill shifts integration aid from city schools The Minnesota House has approved legislation that takes money used for school desegregation programs away from urban districts and shares it with schools statewide. Lawmakers approved the controversial funding shift Wednesday night as part of a broader education finance package. The Republican House passed the $8 million dollar education bill on a 74-56 vote. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/01_pugmiret_edbill/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2004 00:02:00 -0600 Yecke fans, foes prepare for confirmation hearing Friends and foes of Minnesota Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke are ready to share their opinions with state lawmakers, as the Senate opens confirmation hearings. Even though she's been on the job over a year, her approval is by no means certain. Yecke has led the Department of Education with often polarizing results. Her fans say she's the type of commissioner the state has long needed. But critics claim she's done more to harm public education than help it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/27_pugmiret_yeckeconfpre/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 House approves plans for academic standards in social studies, science The Minnesota House has approved legislation establishing new science and social studies standards for public schools. Members of the Republican-controlled body adopted the grade-by-grade requirements Thursday night on a 73 to 55 vote. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are considering three alternative plans for how schools should teach social studies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/19_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Mar 2004 05:10:00 -0600 Beyond Bake Sales School fundraising is a multi-billion dollar business nationwide, and shows no signs of shrinking -- schools say tight budgets are forcing them to seek funding any way they can. Traditionally, that's meant turning students into a sales force marketing candy, wrapping paper, and frozen pizzas. Increasingly, schools are also making more direct pleas for support. As the contributions grow, critics worry about exacerbating inequities between school districts based on their ability to raise funds from private sources. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_fundraisinghome/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2004 12:00:00 -0600 Task force recommends new school funding system Gov. Pawlenty's task force on education finance reform wants to give local school officials more discretion over how to spend state aid, as long as their students are succeeding in the classroom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/16_pugmiret_edfunding/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 20:26:00 -0600 Alumni, local pride fuel school foundation Minnesota school districts are keeping close tabs on their graduates, and not just for high school reunions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_sspfoundation/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Two school districts, two foundations, one huge disparity School foundations are becoming an increasingly popular means for districts and their supporters to raise money. But some observers are concerned this trend will only increase the disparity between well-off and poorer school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_twofoundations/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 Donations now pay teachers' salaries Public schools have long sought donations to pay for various extras that enhance the educational experience. But in the last few years, non-profit groups in a few Minnesota school districts have begun raising money for teacher salaries and other basic classroom costs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_starfund/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 A new strategy: Creating school foundations Fundraisers are more frequent than fire drills in most public schools. But traditional candy and bake sales aren't generating the kind of money needed in many cash-strapped schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_pugmiret_foundations/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 01:00:00 -0600 School food goes gourmet The school lunch line -- that home to mystery meat casserole and other unique delicacies -- has gotten a radical makeover in the Hopkins school district. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/17_pugmiret_schoolfood/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2004 05:00:00 -0600 House committee endorses social studies, science standards Rejecting a call to start fresh, the Republican-led House Education Committee endorsed proposed social studies and science standards Thursday for Minnesota public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/04_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2004 10:51:00 -0600 Report predicts tough times for Minnesota schools A new report says the federal No Child Left Behind law will cost Minnesota and local school districts at least $39 million a year to implement. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/26_pugmiret_nochildleftbehin/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2004 11:35:00 -0600 Minneapolis board backs off from plan to close schools The Minneapolis School Board has scrapped a plan to close or reorganize dozens of schools later this year. Instead, board members will spend the coming months gathering public input on ways to deal with the district's declining enrollment and financial problems. School closings are still a possibility, but no sooner than the 2005-2006 school year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/24_pugmiret_mplsschools/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2004 21:11:00 -0600 Paige doesn't expect states to opt out of No Child Left Behind The nation's top education official says he thinks few states will follow through on recent threats to bail out on the federal No Child Left Behind law. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige was in St. Paul Tuesday, meeting with small groups of school leaders and policymakers to discuss the law's school accountability and testing rules. The visit came one day after a state Senate committee gave its preliminary approval to a bill that would cut state ties with the law, and forfeit millions of dollars in federal aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/18_pugmiret_rodpaige/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2004 13:47:00 -0600 Despite changes, proposed social studies standards cause stir at Capitol The latest revision of proposed social studies standards for Minnesota public schools contains fewer errors but no less controversy than previous versions. Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke presented a third draft of the grade-by-grade requirements on Tuesday to members of the House Education Policy Committee. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/17_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 15:39:00 -0600 Revolt is brewing over No Child Left Behind A revolt against federal education law is brewing at the state Capitol. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 brought tough new accountability measures to schools and expanded student testing requirements. But several state lawmakers in both political parties are growing frustrated with what they view as an unfunded and intrusive mandate. The Senate Education Committee will take up two bills Tuesday that express that frustration. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/16_pugmiret_nochildcomplaint/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Critics blast plan to close Minneapolis schools Parents, teachers, students and community activists are blasting a Minneapolis school district plan to close nine school buildings and reshuffle several programs. District administrators outlined their proposal Tuesday night during a packed school board meeting. They described the reorganization as a painful, but necessary action to try to stop a spiraling enrollment decline. Most critics, however, don't appear willing to share in that pain. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/10_pugmiret_mplsschools/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 10:25:00 -0600 Academic standards will dominate education debate Legislative leaders are predicting a long and lively debate in the coming weeks over proposed academic standards. The K-12 education agenda should be relatively light for this non-funding year session. Gov. Pawlenty is pushing several proposals for school reform that he'll include in his supplemental spending plan. But the cost won't likely stray from his pledge to live within existing revenues. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_pugmiret_sessioneducation/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2004 14:30:00 -0600 State plummets in ranking of child care generosity Minnesota plunged 25 places in a state-by-state ranking of the subsidies available to families needing child care, according to a report by several child advocacy groups. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/29_pugmiret_kids/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2004 13:38:00 -0600 Senators give science standards a closer look State Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke on Friday defended the proposed standards for social studies and science as &quot;a reasonable amount work for students.&quot; At a state Senate hearing on the standards, critics complained about the volume of factual content, and whether there's enough time to for them to cover the required material in their classes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 17:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty announces new education initiatives Gov. Pawlenty's education agenda for the 2004 Legislative session keeps getting bigger. The Republican governor unveiled proposals Monday that would expand charter schools, restructure low performing school districts and encourage districts to share certain services. He also wants to lower Internet access cost for rural schools and recognize students for high test scores. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/05_pugmiret_edinitiative/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2004 12:36:00 -0600 Budget fix for schools includes layoffs, donations, some luck Minneapolis school district officials say mid-year budget cuts will result in the loss of 17 jobs, including as many as five teachers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_pugmiret_cuts/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Revised social studies standards might not satisfy critics The citizens committee working on the proposed social studies standards for Minnesota public schools is facing a December 15 deadline to finish its second draft. The revised document is expected to look much different than the earlier version, which generated widespread criticism. But the pending changes might not be enough to satisfy some critics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/30_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2003 01:00:00 -0600 State task force moving toward school funding reform plan A gubernatorial task force is working to put new ideas on education funding before the Legislature early next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/01_pugmiret_edfin/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2003 16:02:00 -0600 Charter school competition heats up in Minneapolis Minneapolis school district officials are trying to slow the exodus of students to city charter schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/25_pugmiret_charter/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Test scores add urgency as educators address learning gaps National test scores show Minnesota's eighth graders were the top math performers in the country last year. But the scores also provide more evidence of a learning gap. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/14_pugmiret_achievegap/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2003 18:13:00 -0600 State approves 24 tutoring programs for struggling schools State education officials have authorized 24 organizations to give tutoring help to disadvantaged students in struggling schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/07_pugmiret_tutorlist/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Most school districts win approval for tax increases More than three-fourths of the Minnesota school districts with a levy referendum on yesterday's ballot won approval from local voters. School officials say the tax increases will bring some financial stability to many cash-strapped districts. Budget cuts and teacher layoffs are the likely outcome in districts where voters defeated levy requests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/04_pugmiret_elx/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2003 05:25:00 -0600 St. Paul school mentors look to close learning gap The St. Paul school district has launched a new effort to try to close the achievement gap between students of color and their white classmates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/27_pugmiret_stpmentor/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2003 10:56:00 -0600 Career switch to teaching could get easier Gov. Tim Pawlenty's recent &quot;super teachers&quot; proposal includes a provision to offer more alternative routes to the teaching profession. Minnesota already offers such routes, but the administration says they aren't sufficient. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/09_pugmiret_altteach/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Governor's plan would revoke driver's license of absent students Gov. Pawlenty says students who skip too much school should lose their driving privileges. Pawlenty announced Tuesday he also wants to prevent students with excessive absences from automatically advancing to the next grade. DFL lawmakers blasted the plan as an overly simplistic approach to a complex problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/14_pugmiret_truancy/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2003 11:05:00 -0500 Jennings quits as Minneapolis superintendent of schools The Minneapolis school board's controversial pick for superintendent says he no longer wants the job. David Jennings, a former legislator and business executive, announced on Wednesday that he's withdrawn as the successor to Carol Johnson. He says criticism of his hiring was getting in the way of trying to help kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/08_pugmiret_jennings/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2003 11:11:00 -0500 Clerical workers authorize strike at University of Minnesota Clerical workers at the University of Minnesota have voted to reject their latest contract offer and authorize a strike. The strike, if necessary, could come within the next two weeks. Union leaders say the university's proposal is unfair, and members had no other choice but turn it down. University officials say any improvements to the offer will result in more lost jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/03_khoom_ustrike/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2003 15:38:00 -0500 School districts asking for taxpayer help More than one in five school districts throughout the state are asking voters this fall to provide some additional financial support. The Minnesota School Boards Association says at least 63 of the state's 341 districts have an operating levy referendum on the November ballot. Officials in many districts say an increase in local property taxes is critically needed to prevent further budget cuts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_pugmiret_levy/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 14:44:00 -0500 Far from Cold Spring, students shaken by shooting The shooting at Rocori High School in Cold Spring is being felt in schools throughout Minnesota. Officials say Wednesday's attack is the state's first fatal shooting carried out by a student inside a school. State law requires school districts to prepare for such violence. School leaders have been busy reviewing those plans today and trying reassure their students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_pugmiret_metroreax/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 15:53:00 -0500 Minneapolis school board taps Jennings as new superintendent Former Republican legislative leader and corporate executive David Jennings will become the next superintendent of schools in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis School Board picked Jennings Tuesday to replace Carol Johnson, who resigned to become superintendent in Memphis, Tennessee. Board members say they didn't need to look further, because Jennings has the leadership skills and political knowhow they need. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/23_pugmiret_jennings/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2003 12:52:00 -0500 Minneapolis school boss reflects Minneapolis public schools superintendent Carol Johnson is completing her tenure. She'll spend the rest of September cleaning out her office and getting ready to leave for her new job as superintendent in Memphis, Tenn. Johnson has worked in the state's largest school district for nearly 30 years. She says Minneapolis has made enormous progress in her six years as superintendent, but a lot of work still remains. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/18_pugmiret_caroljohnson/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2003 16:00:00 -0500 Immigrant students offer world view of 9/11 anniversary Teachers throughout Minnesota were asking their students to pause and reflect on the terrorist attacks of 2001. Those events are now a formal part of the history curriculum in many classrooms. But for students learning to speak English at Champlin Park High School, the two-year anniversary was simply a time to share their emotions and unique perspectives of the world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/11_pugmiret_kids911/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2003 15:48:00 -0500 U of M celebrates successful fundraising campaign The University of Minnesota has wrapped up a seven-year capital campaign that brought in more than $1.6 billion. It's the second best fundraising effort ever conducted by a U.S. public university. University officials held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the campaign results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/10_pugmiret_ufundraising/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2003 13:07:00 -0500 Veteran cop gets new beat at city school The Minneapolis school district has begun relying on city park police to provide a law enforcement presence in some school buildings. It also ends a 38-year relationship with the city's police department. The move coaxed one veteran cop out of retirement, and allowed him to fulfill a dream of working with kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/08_pugmiret_schoolliaison/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2003 01:00:00 -0500 St. Paul schools will follow state law on Pledge of Allegiance St. Paul public schools will follow a new statewide Pledge of Allegiance mandate. School board members met in special session Wednesday night to consider waiving the requirement this year. But the board quickly adjourned without taking action. The move means individual St. Paul schools will no longer have a choice to not recite the pledge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/03_pugmiret_pledge/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 10:05:00 -0500 School sets its sights on getting off state list The start of the new school year has brought added pressure to the Minnesota schools that are falling below performance goals. State officials identified 144 schools last month that are not making the adequate yearly progress required under the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_pugmiret_lowperform/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Schools prepare for new academic standards Minnesota's public schools will spend this school year retooling their academic standards and graduation requirements. Teachers are implementing new reading and math standards, after state lawmakers repealed the former standards in the Profile of Learning. But elements of the show-what-you-know Profile system could linger as schools make the transition. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2003 01:00:00 -0500 New charter schools put a focus on finances Eleven new charter schools are opening for business this week, bringing Minnesota's total to 88. The operators of these public schools, which are run independently of the traditional system, say they're eager to meet the educational needs of their students. But they say they're under increasing pressure to also keep their financial books balanced. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_pugmiret_charterschools/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2003 01:00:00 -0500 School report cards out; available online State education officials have released individual report cards for more than 1,800 public schools. They also for the first time rated 921 elementary schools on a one to five-star scale. Most earned a three-star rating. Gov. Pawlenty and his education commissioner unveiled the cards Thursday at the Minnesota State Fair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/21_pugmiret_reportcard/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2003 13:57:00 -0500 List of underachieving schools shrinks to 144 State officials now say 144 schools are falling below performance goals, 115 fewer in their earlier calculations. The Minnesota Department of Education released its revised list of low achieving schools on Thursday after reviewing and correcting its data. Some school officials say the labeling of schools, accurate or not, is harmful. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/14_pugmiret_list/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2003 12:55:00 -0500 Carol Johnson leaving Minneapolis for Memphis schools position Minneapolis schools superintendent Carol Johnson has accepted a new position as head of the school district in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnson announced her decision Thursday, one day after the Memphis school board offered her the position. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/30_pugmiret_johnsonleaves/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2003 11:41:00 -0500 Faith-based groups encouraged to apply for federal money Officials in the Bush administration are urging area churches and other religious groups to seek out federal money for their local charities. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives hosted a daylong conference Tuesday in Minneapolis on how to compete for billions of dollars in available funds, including money earmarked for public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/29_pugmiret_faithbased/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2003 17:00:00 -0500 New state report cards will grade every school Next month, all elementary and secondary schools will receive a grade of one to five stars. The rating is part of a new state report card for schools that will also include information on school finances, student demographics and teacher qualifications. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/24_pugmiret_reportcard/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2003 15:54:00 -0500 Legislative Auditor wants tighter rules for charter schools A new report says Minnesota charter schools need tighter financial rules and oversight. The Office of the Legislative Auditor released an evaluation Thursday that found about a quarter of the state's charter schools had money problems last year, largely due to poor business management. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/26_pugmiret_charterschools/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2003 17:22:00 -0500 Once threatened summer classes open in Minneapolis A full schedule of summer school classes got underway Monday in Minneapolis, just two months after district leaders debated whether they could afford a summer term. Officials in the state's largest school district had briefly considered cutting summer school down to a bare minimum due to tight finances. They later abandoned those plans due to concerns over the potential impact on test scores. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/23_pugmiret_summerschool/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2003 15:53:00 -0500 Test results out; schools await fate Statewide test scores released Thursday show Minnesota third and fifth graders posted gains in reading and math. As a result, fewer Minnesota schools than first thought will be subject to an initial round of consequences under the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/19_pugmiret_testing/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:07:00 -0500 Switch to new school standards moves ahead State officials have begun developing the next set of new academic standards for Minnesota public schools, even before the first set has hit classrooms. Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke announced on Wednesday that her department is now accepting applications from people who want help write the standards in science and social studies. She also tried to head off the controversies she's expecting in those subjects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/18_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2003 16:04:00 -0500 Mpls school budget plan cuts teachers, freezes salaries The number of teacher layoffs in the Minneapolis school district continues to grow. Union leaders say pink slips have now been issued to 464 teachers with less than four years experience. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/12_pugmiret_teacherlayoffs/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2003 01:30:00 -0500 Minnesota gets OK for No Child Left Behind plan Federal education officials have approved Minnesota's plan for complying with the No Child Left Behind law. President Bush announced on Tuesday that the remaining 17 states, including Minnesota, had completed plans to determine whether schools and school districts are making adequate yearly progress. The president described the approval as a historic milestone for accountability. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/10_pugmiret_nclb/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2003 17:21:00 -0500 St. Paul school levy won't solve budget problems St. Paul school district officials say the new revenue from a voter-approved tax levy will only provide a temporary fix for their budget problems. The state's second-largest school district is facing a deficit for the next school year of just over $2 million. But school leaders say they're more concerned about the following year, when the budget shortfall could reach $20 million. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/05_pugmiret_bustedinstpaul/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2003 10:16:00 -0500 Educators weigh impact of school funding bill A nearly $12 billion spending bill for Minnesota schools is awaiting Gov. Pawlenty's signature. Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms were largely spared from the deep cuts needed to balance the state's budget deficit. But spending was reduced significantly for several education programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_pugmiret_edbill/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2003 11:00:00 -0500 By end of session, few fans for Profile of Learning were left State lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to strike the Profile of Learning graduation standards from state law. The House and Senate passed compromise legislation Monday night to repeal the controversial show-what-you-know system. The bill also establishes new statewide academic standards for public schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/19_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2003 08:32:00 -0500 Profile concepts could live on in schools after repeal Lawmakers could soon strike the Profile of Learning from state law, but portions of the controversial graduation standards might live on in some classrooms. The bureaucracy of the Profile has been widely criticized since its launch in 1998. Yet, despite its flaws, many school districts have found the show-what-you-know approach to be an effective way to teach kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/14_pugmiret_goodbyeprofile/?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Report shows Minnesota schools fall short of federal goals A new analysis of graduation rates, test scores and other public school data shows Minnesota needs to make a lot of improvements to meet new federal education requirements. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/08_pugmiret_edyearbook/?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2003 01:00:00 -0500 Alternative schools fear state funding changes Educators throughout Minnesota are fighting this session to preserve funding for summer school and other programs to help struggling students. Gov. Pawlenty's budget proposal eliminates the extra money school districts get for students enrolled in programs outside of the regular school day. House and Senate leaders have taken less drastic positions in their K-12 funding bills, but reductions are still a possibility. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/06_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2003 01:00:00 -0500 DFL Senate takes its own path on school finance, standards The Minnesota Senate is expected to take action this week on a $12 billion funding measure for elementary and secondary schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/28_pugmiret_edfinance/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2003 16:06:00 -0500 State cuts threaten arts high school's mission Officials at Minnesota's only residential, tuition-free arts high school say tight state finances could force them to close their dormitory and change their mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/18_pugmiret_art/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2003 10:00:00 -0500 Math scores suffer, reading improve in latest test results Reading scores on this year's 8th grade Basic Skills Tests improved slightly, while math scores slipped for the first time in four years. State education officials released test results on Wednesday for individual schools, school districts and the state as a whole. They say minority students continue to lag far behind. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/16_pugmiret_tests/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2003 15:47:00 -0500 Legislators review new proposed education standards State education commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke has presented legislators with revised math and English standards for Minnesota public schools. She needed to rewrite much of the plan after hearing complaints from teachers and parents. Yecke says pleased with the changes, but lawmakers are still finding flaws. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/15_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2003 15:06:00 -0500 Senate committee vote sets up further debate on education standards A Minnesota Senate committee has voted to repeal the Profile of Learning and implement a new set a statewide academic standards for public schools. But the replacement standards differ sharply from the back-to-basics approach approved in the House and favored by Gov. Pawlenty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/04_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2003 07:20:00 -0600 St. Paul school will teach Hmong, Spanish to keep students A St. Paul school is launching a new enrichment program that focuses on Hmong language and culture. School leaders say this effort was largely spurred by competition from nearby charter schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/31_pugmiret_langprograms/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2003 01:00:00 -0600 Magnet school for Native Americans draws fire from school officials Minneapolis school district officials are considering a plan to overhaul and relocate a magnet program for American Indian students. Four Winds American Indian Magnet School is among the district's lowest performing schools. Superintendent Carol Johnson says it's time to reorganize and return the school to its original mission. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/26_pugmiret_fourwinds/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2003 11:29:00 -0600 U of M outlines budget-cutting strategy University of Minnesota officials say their plan for solving a $200 million loss in state funding will include tuition increases, wage freezes and program cuts. U of M President Robert Bruininks outlined a budget strategy Friday for the Board of Regents that includes another double-digit jump in the cost of an undergraduate education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/14_pugmiret_ubudget/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2003 16:30:00 -0600 Legislators get peek at new math, language standards A citizens panel on school standards wants Minnesota first graders to be able to rhyme words and count up to 120. Education commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke and representatives of the Minnesota Academic Standards Committee appeared at two legislative hearings today to recommend grade-by-grade expectations in reading and math. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/11_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:50:00 -0600 Lesson on Learning: Behind the &quot;No Child Left Behind&quot; law The federal government has expanded its role in public schools by making unprecedented demands for raising student achievement. More than a year ago, President Bush signed into law sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The so-called &quot;No Child Left Behind&quot; law requires all states and local school districts to follow strict rules on student testing, teacher training and accountability. Supporters say the law ensures much needed school reform. But critics claim it's a threat to local decision making. http://news.mpr.org/features/2003/03/03_pugmiret_leftbehindthree/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2003 17:00:00 -0600 School standards debate far from over A citizens committee will present its recommendations next week for new state academic standards in reading and math. State education commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke and two key legislative leaders updated a metro area business group on efforts to replace the Profile of Learning with a simpler approach to what students must learn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/07_pugmiret_edstandards/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2003 14:52:00 -0600 Poll: Voters question school funding, want new standards Results of a new survey show a majority of state voters think public education in Minnesota is on the right track, but less than half think money for schools is well spent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/27_pugmiret_educationpoll/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Standards group meets for first time A panel of educators, parents and business leaders met Wednesday to begin deciding what the state's public school students need to know in reading and math. Members of the Minnesota Academic Standards Committee appear willing to borrow ideas heavily from other states as they try to meet their late March deadline. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/19_pugmiret_gradstandards/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2003 15:21:00 -0600 K-12 spared, but higher ed cut more deeply Governor Pawlenty has largely kept his pledge to shield elementary and secondary classrooms from the cuts needed to balance the state budget. He says his proposed spending plan for the next two years actually includes a slight increase in the per student funding formula for public schools. The state's public higher education institutions, however, face a 15-percent decrease in state funding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/18_pugmiret_budgeteducation/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2003 15:45:00 -0600 Cuts in Minneapolis would boost class sizes Budget problems could soon force the Minneapolis school district to back away from its more than decade-long commitment to small class sizes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/05_pugmiret_mplsschool/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2003 17:30:00 -0600 St. Paul elementary school mourns shuttle loss Teachers throughout Minnesota faced a similar challenge Monday as they helped their students deal with the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts. The Columbia disaster hit particularly hard at Farnsworth Elementary School in St. Paul, where students routinely follow shuttle missions as part of their new aerospace magnet program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/03_pugmiret_spaceschool/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2003 16:13:00 -0600 Federal official tapped for education post Gov. Pawlenty has named the former secretary of education for the state of Virginia as Minnesota's next education commissioner. Cheri Pierson Yecke is currently the director of teacher quality and public school choice with the U.S. Department of Education. Yecke describes herself as a supporter of local control. Pawlenty calls her a bona fide change agent who can help guide his school reform agenda. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/16_pugmiret_edcommissioner/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2003 10:27:00 -0600 Rally calls for end to Profile of Learning Opponents of the Profile of Learning rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday to convince lawmakers to drop the show-what-you-know education standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_pugmiret_profilerally/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 12:30:00 -0600 Education leaders await choice of CFL boss Gov. Pawlenty began his term in office with several key cabinet positions still vacant. The Republican governor is pushing for big changes in K-12 education, but he has yet to name an education commissioner to carry out that agenda. Representatives of state education groups have some widely divergent opinions on the type of person needed to lead the Department of Children, Families and Learning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/08_pugmiret_cfl/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jan 2003 07:20:00 -0600 Legislators will tackle standards and school funding Legislators' promises to protect K-12 education in the 2003 session have not been enough to ease the budget fears in Minnesota school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200301/02_pugmiret_educprev/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2002 03:00:00 -0600 Legislators will tackle standards and school funding Legislators' promises to protect K-12 education in the 2003 session have not been enough to ease the budget fears in Minnesota school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/02_pugmiret_educprev/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2002 03:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty names top tax collector, workplace safety official The executive director of a business-backed think tank signed on Monday as Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty's chief tax collector. The Republican governor-to-be named Dan Salomone to lead the Department of Revenue, one of the key posts in his administration. Pawlenty also tapped private attorney Jane Volz to run the Department of Labor and Industry, which handles workers compensation claims and workplace safety matters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/23_pugmiret_revcomm/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2002 12:41:00 -0600 U of M may go it alone in stadium chase The University of Minnesota should study building a Gophers-only football stadium now that the Minnesota Vikings have rejected a proposed shared stadium on campus, university president Robert Bruininks said Friday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/13_pugmiret_stadium/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2002 10:55:00 -0600 Education organizations worried about what state budget holds for schools Minnesota school districts are bracing for another year of budget pain and potentially tough contract negotiations. Lawmakers must solve a projected $4.5 billion state budget deficit next session. Republican Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty has said he'll try to protect K-12 funding from cuts. But the organizations representing school boards and teachers say they'll still need an increase to avoid financial trouble. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/09_pugmiret_edbudgetwoes/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2002 17:00:00 -0600 Parents, administrators at odds over locked time-out rooms in school Parents of children with behavioral disorders say the use of locked &quot;time-out&quot; rooms in Minnesota schools is an inhumane punishment and should be prohibited. State education officials are proposing a ban of such rooms, along with other changes in special education discipline rules. But several school administrators and special education teachers testified in a public hearing in Roseville that locked isolation is sometimes necessary to keep their classrooms safe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/06_pugmiret_timeout/?refid=0 Sat, 07 Dec 2002 01:00:00 -0600 St. Paul rejects required Pledge of Allegiance The St. Paul school district will not mandate the Pledge of Allegiance in its classrooms. School board members voted down a proposal Monday requiring a daily opportunity for all elementary school students to recite the pledge. Instead, they'll let individual schools decide if they want to include the pledge and how often. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/03_pugmiret_pledge/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2002 05:45:00 -0600 Settlement reached in test score lawsuit The test scoring company that mishandled thousands of Minnesota high school exams has agreed to pay $7 million in damages to affected students and their families. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_pugmiret_testsettle/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 16:00:00 -0600 Contract school accused of manipulating testing State education officials say an alternative school in Minneapolis violated test security rules this year when some students received help while taking the Minnesota Basic Skills exams. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/25_pugmiret_testflap/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty names Dan McElroy finance commissioner One of the Legislature's top minds was tapped Friday by Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty to lead the state's Finance Department, which will face the daunting task this year of managing a projected $3 billion budget deficit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/15_pugmiret_mcelroy/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2002 12:22:00 -0600 Study says all-day kindergarten helps Minneapolis school district officials say early literacy interventions are helping many students of color catch up to their white classmates. A new report shows significant gains by African-American, American Indian and Latino students enrolled in all-day kindergarten, compared to those in half-day classes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/13_pugmiret_alldayk/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 U of M names Bruininks its new president Interim University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will become the permanent successor to Mark Yudof. The Board of Regents named Bruininks Thursday as the lone finalist for job, and takes final action Friday. The announcement follows a nationwide search that culminated this week with several closed-door interviews with other candidates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/07_pugmiret_upresident/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 GOP makes gains in state Legislature Republicans held on to their majority in the Minnesota House and strengthened their hand in the DFL-controlled Senate. All 134 legislative seats were on the ballot this year, and redistricting and retirements put many up for grabs. GOP leaders are pleased with their gains, while DFLers suffered some disappointing losses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/06_pugmiret_legis/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 School districts ask local voters for financial help More than 70 of Minnesota's 341 school districts have proposals on the ballot this fall to raise local taxes. Last November, a record 188 districts held levy referendums and 132 passed. Most of the districts that failed are trying again with new requests. They're also spelling out the bleak budget consequences of another defeat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/01_pugmiret_levy/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Senate race back in high gear Republican Norm Coleman and two other U.S. Senate candidates resumed their campaigns Wednesday, five days after the plane crash that killed DFL Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven other people. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/30_pugmiret_senaterace/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Three crash victims remembered Family, friends and admirers gathered Monday night at three Twin Cities locations to remember several of the victims of Friday's plane crash, which took the lives of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, his wife and daughter. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/29_pugmiret_3services/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The impact of a special education mandate In 1975, President Ford signed landmark legislation that guaranteed every disabled child equal access to an education. Congress will soon begin work to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This complex law has opened up learning opportunities for millions of children. But it's also consistently criticized as the classic unfunded mandate, one that puts a financial drain on school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/21_pugmiret_specialed/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Test results fuel concerns over math knowledge New 11th-grade tests results could provoke a debate over how much math students take in high school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/01_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Late test scores show third-graders slip in math Minnesota fifth graders continue to make modest gains in reading, math and writing, but new statewide test scores show third graders have slipped a bit from last year. State education officials released the results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment exams Tuesday, six months after students completed them. Critics say that long wait makes the data of little use to teachers or students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/24_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 School districts test local support for tax levies Four metro-area school districts are asking local voters this week for additional tax support to help cover operating costs. Roseville, St. Francis, Spring Lake Park and Westonka are the first among dozens of levy referendums planned this fall in financially strapped school districts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/09_pugmiret_levyvote/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 With school back in session, budget cuts become reality Students enrolled in financially-troubled school districts are feeling the consequences of recent budget cuts. Many schools reopened with fewer teachers, larger class sizes and higher activity fees. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/05_pugmiret_school/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The smaller the better? Supporters of small groups and personalized instruction in school -- known as Small Learning Communities -- say students will see the relevance of their education by exploring various careers. Critics claim the schools are abandoning the liberal arts to become job training centers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/04_pugmiret_smallschools/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 School districts launch cyber charters Two Minnesota school districts are launching unique online learning programs this week. Hopkins and Chisago Lakes have broken new ground by creating cyber charter schools within their districts to deliver instruction to some students over the Internet instead of traditional classrooms. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/03_pugmiret_schoolsonline/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 What's new at the fair? Tighter security Tighter security is at the top of the list of what's new at the Minnesota State Fair, which opens Thursday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/21_pugmiret_statefair/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 State funding for education up for debate Three of the four major candidates for governor outlined their positions on education issues Friday, during a Minnesota School Boards Association meeting in Bloomington. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/16_pugmiret_eddebate/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Defeated districts plan repeat referendums Several financially-strapped suburban school districts are planning to ask local voters again this fall to provide some additional tax support. Most districts that failed to pass so-called excess levy referendums last November wrestled with deep budget cuts this year. They're eager to try another ballot initiative to prevent further cuts. But some district leaders say despite tight finances, the timing is still not right. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/23_pugmiret_falllevies/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Both sides claim victory in MPAAT ruling A Ramsey County judge has stopped an anti-tobacco group from using state tobacco settlement funds until it reforms its operation. The ruling prevents the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco, also known as MPAAT, from issuing grants until it submits a plan for preventing conflicts of interest. He also ordered the group to come up with a solid plan to help Minnesotans quit smoking. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/27_pugmiret_mpaat/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Indian leaders pressure lawmakers to restore education cuts Minnesota Indian leaders appeared before a legislative committee in St. Paul Tuesday, demanding that Indian education offices in Bemidji and Duluth remain open. They told lawmakers the decision could have devastating results for Indian students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/26_pugmiret_native/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Budget cuts hurt education agency Minnesota legislators largely spared K-12 public education from the pain of budget balancing this year, but their deep cuts to one state agency budget could soon have an impact on schools. Officials with the Department of Children, Families and Learning recently announced more layoffs and service reductions, as they cope with an $8.5 million budget cut. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/11_pugmiret_cflcuts/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Guinea Pig Grads High school seniors throughout Minnesota are graduating this month without completing the state requirements that once stood between them and their diploma. The class of 2002 is the first group of students tied to the graduation standards known as the Profile of Learning. Two years ago, Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire spent several months watching the class of 2002 at Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis tackle profile requirements. He caught up with several of those students recently and prepared this report. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/10_pugmiret_guineapiggrads/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 School officials take funding case to voters A survey of Minnesota school districts shows budget cuts for the next school year will top $192 million and cost more than 2,800 employees their jobs. Members of a group representing school boards, principals, superintendents, parents and teachers released the survey results, asking voters to make sure this year's political candidates will support improved funding for public education. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/04_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Yudof accepts U of Texas position University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof says he wants to return to Texas. He's resigning after five years at the university to become chancellor of the University of Texas System. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/31_pugmiret_yudof/?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The learning gap Passing rates for this year's 8th grade Basic Skills in Reading and Math Tests improved slightly after a two-year plateau. State education officials say the overall upward trend is good, but they say far too many students of color are still struggling with the tests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/18_pugmiret_tests/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota students facing more standardized tests Minnesota's battery of required school tests is getting bigger with the launch of new high school exams in reading and math. The tests will measure schools' progress on the state graduation standards, but some students might not yet have all the skills they need for the math test. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/16_pugmiret_testing/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Players, recruits stung by Oldfield's departure Brenda Oldfield was named the new women's basketball coach at Maryland on Tuesday, after turning around the program at Minnesota in her first year as coach. Her departure has frustrated several high schoolers, who committed to playing at the U under the assumption Oldfield would coach. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/02_pugmiret_oldfield/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0600 New charter school has Latino focus One of Minnesota's newest charter schools is using Latino culture, bilingual instruction and rigorous academics to help students who've had limited success in other schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/25_pugmiret_LatinCharter/?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 School budgets tighten in St. Paul Officials in the St. Paul school district are trying to fix a $20 million shortfall in next year's budget, and the likely cuts include teachers, transportation and other central services. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/22_pugmiret_schoolbudget/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 U officials push plan to merge athletic departments A report says separate men's and women's athletic departments at the University of Minnesota cost more to administer and offer no clear benefit to student graduation rates or team success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/08_pugmiret_athletics/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Twins stadium bills still alive Hours after a Minnesota House committee rejected legislation to build a football stadium for Vikings and Gophers, another panel approved two bills Monday to build a new home for the Twins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/19_pugmiret_twinsstadium/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Profile of Learning debate will likely return The long debate over Minnesota's graduation rule is expected to resurface again during this year's legislative session.The education agenda facing lawmakers this year is primarily centered on school funding issues. But the state's top education official is also seeking some minor changes to the academic standards known collectively as the Profile of Learning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/29_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 School officials growing frustrated with state Minnesota's education commissioner is taking heat from school leaders over the Ventura administration's plan for fixing the state budget deficit. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/18_pugmiret_jax/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Pace of teacher contract negotiations is at a crawl Union leaders say they're concerned the slow pace for negotiations, in some cases, could lead to the first teachers strikes in 10 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/15_pugmiret_teachers/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Metro schools warn against state cuts Metro area educators say state lawmakers must stay away from K-12 education funding as they try to solve the state budget deficit. Officials with the Association of Metropolitan School Districts released financial data Tuesday to show further cuts would deepen what has become a widespread financial crisis for schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/08_pugmiret_metroschools/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 How We've Changed: The students' view http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/07_newsroom_changed/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Large school district faces big budget cuts Another financially-strapped metro area school district is preparing to make some potentially painful budget cuts. Officials in the Anoka-Hennepin district say the failure to get additional taxpayer support last fall has left them facing a $10.5 million budget shortfall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/07_pugmiret_schoolcuts/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis schools address suspension gap A recent report on the performance of Minneapolis public schools showed African Americans students are suspended three times as often as white students. School and community leaders say the rate is unacceptably high and points to cultural barriers in the classroom. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200112/06_pugmiret_suspensions/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura takes on stadium supporters, school boards, would-be opponents Gov. Ventura says supporting a publicly financed stadium for the Twins now would break one of the campaign promises he made in 1998. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/09_pugmiret_ventura/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Record number of school districts seek help from voters http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/07_pugmiret_schools/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Campaign Profile: Minneapolis School Board Five challengers running for Minneapolis school board are promising a new approach to running the state's largest school district.If elected, however, they'll face the same frustrations as their predecessors: low student test scores and a tight budget. The lone incumbent says he'd bring needed stability at a time when the district is making some progress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/28_pugmiret_mplsschool/?refid=0 Sun, 28 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0600 More levy referendums than ever for Minnesota schools More than half of the school districts in Minnesota are asking local taxpayers for additional financial support this fall, the most ever. Those requests come in the form of excess tax levy referendums on the November 6 ballot. In a normal year, no more than a fifth of the school districts hold levy votes. But educators statewide say this has been far from a normal year when it comes to school funding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/19_pugmiret_levies/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Debate over daily Pledge of Allegiance resolved http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/17_pugmiret_pledge/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Race Profile: St. Paul School Board New faces on the St. Paul school board could bring new challenges to Superintendent Pat Harvey and her wide ranging school reform efforts. Six candidates are running for the three school board seats on the November 6th ballot, and only one incumbent is seeking re-election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/15_pugmiret_stpaulschools/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A common bond For eight years, Minnesota's only Islamic school has educated elementary and secondary students in Fridley with little notice. Last month's terrorist attacks unexpectedly thrust the school into the spotlight. School officials and students share a common outrage over the violence, but they have mixed feelings about the recent media attention. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/10_pugmiret_schoolprofile/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Albright defends the record Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright says she's gratified to see nations around the world coming together in opposition to terrorism. Albright talked about the September 11th attacks and offered support to the Bush administration Monday during a speech at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. She also defended her own record as a diplomat. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/01_pugmiret_albright/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Students urge Wellstone not to endorse hasty response Students at St. Paul's Como Park Senior High School say they want the federal government to track down those responsible for last's week's terrorist attacks on the East Coast, but they don't want to see a hasty military response. About 200 students shared their concerns Monday about the new war on terrorism during a discussion with U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/17_pugmiret_wellstone/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota pauses in wake of terrorist attacks Minnesota church bells rang, people gathered for prayer services and local religious leaders called for peace and unity. Events were held throughout the state Friday in conjunction with a national day of prayer and remembrance to honor the victims of this week's terrorist attacks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/14_pugmiret_faith/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A rush to the gas pump http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/12_pugmiret_gasprices/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Students meet budget cuts on school's first day Thousands of Minnesota children returned to school Tuesday and found their classrooms noticeably more crowded than last year. School leaders say less-than-expected state funding forced them to cut teachers and increase class sizes. One Minnesota congressman says the federal government should also do more to reverse the trend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/05_pugmiret_firstday/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Parochial Popularity A decade-long enrollment resurgence continues for Twin Cities Catholic educators, who are opening three more schools this fall. Officials with the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis say the increased demand has helped two parishes reopen schools that were closed in the 1980s, and a new school is opening in Plymouth. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/04_pugmiret_catholicschools/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Klan rally - loud, but peaceful A Ku Klux Klan rally and counter demonstration drew more than 1,000 people to the Minnesota state Capitol Saturday, and a heavy police presence apparently helped head off any violence. Fewer than 50 Klan members spoke from the Capitol steps, and their message of white supremacy was largely drowned out by opponents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/27_pugmiret_klanrally/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis may close 6 schools Six Minneapolis schools will likely close next year under the district's latest budget tightening moves. Superintendent Carol Johnson gave school board members her proposal to close the small schools, which are currently located in leased or deteriorating buildings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/14_pugmiret_school/?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Housing need is common thread in mayoral campaign The leading candidates for mayor in Minneapolis all list the need for more affordable housing as a top campaign issue, but they have significantly different approaches to the addressing the problem. Four mayoral hopefuls appeared individually Minnesota's Public Radio's <i>Midday</i> program, where they outlined their leadership styles and spending priorities for the state's largest city. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/13_pugmiret_mayor/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Freedom School As Saint Paul school district officials struggle to close a widening achievement gap between black and white students, some parents say they've found help for their children in a free summer educational program. "Freedom School" offers reading and cultural enrichment to African-American youth in St. Paul, Minneapolis and cities throughout the country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/23_pugmiret_freedomschool/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The school of second chances Thousands of Minnesota students get another chance this week to pass one or more of the tests they need for graduation. Most of the students have spent their summer in hot classrooms, preparing for the Basic Standards Tests in reading, math or writing. But education researchers say these intense summer sessions alone cannot guarantee test success. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/17_pugmiret_summerschool/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Near-shutdown costs estimated in millions Gov. Ventura says the state had to spend more than $3 million to prepare for a possible government shutdown. Ventura released the preliminary estimate Monday as he again criticized legislators for not finishing a budget until the final days before the new fiscal year. Legislative leaders say the governor can share in the blame. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/09_pugmiret_shutdowncosts/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2001: The K-12 Debate The tone for the debate over K-12 education spending was set back in January, when Gov. Ventura proposed a lean budget that teachers and school administrators said shortchanged Minnesota's students.Although the House and Senate more than doubled the amount of new money for schools that Ventura initially proposed, many of those who objected say $381 million in new spending is still not enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/03_pugmiret_k12/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The host family shortage With another school year over, thousands of foreign exchange students are now packing their suitcases, saying goodbye to their American friends and heading home. Participants say such programs can be deeply rewarding, but local organizers say the search for families to host these exchange students gets tougher every year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/21_pugmiret_exchange/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Teachers' Fate Rests with Legislature http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/12_pugmiret_k12/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Closing the Digital Divide in Schools Recent national studies show many poor and minority students still lag behind when it comes to access to computers and the Internet. Officials in the Minneapolis school district say they moved closer to bridging the technology gap this year at three schools, with help from a federally funded development project. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/04_pugmiret_computers/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Negotiators Agree on Higher Ed Funding Lawmakers wrapped up work Thursday on a $2.9 billion funding bill for higher education that left college officials predicting double-digit tuition increases. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/01_pugmiret_highered/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Miles - and Millions - Apart The Minnesota House and Senate have approved K-12 education bills that are about $100 million apart on new spending, but both offer considerably more than Gov. Ventura's budget. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/04_pugmiret_educationbills/?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Test Scores Level Off After years of steady annual gains, scores on the state's Basic Standards Tests are leveling off. Results of this year's tests show the number of eighth graders passing the reading and math exams is about the same as last year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/18_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Education Funding Debate: Is 'Fuzzy Math' Involved? After increasing education spending by more than $1 billion two years ago, Gov. Ventura says it's now time to hold the line. Educators say they need more money to prevent budget cuts and layoffs. As legislators craft their own education budget, there's still an argument over which numbers to believe. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/03_pugmiret_edfunding/?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 A Pattern of Success Gov. Ventura wants to double the current funding targeted to American Indian students in an attempt to lower one of the state's highest dropout rates. A state program has already shown its value. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/06_pugmiret_indianed/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Lawmakers Consider Restoring Board of Education The Minnesota Legislature voted three years ago to abolish the state Board of Education, but now some lawmakers are trying to reverse that decision.At least two bills have been introduced this session to resurrect the board. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200102/23_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Session 2001: Education Lawmakers will tackle proposals on classroom funding, alternative pay systems for teachers and school accountability. They could also end up going back to the drawing board on the Profile of Learning graduation standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/27_pugmiret_legiseducation/?refid=0 Wed, 27 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 State Considers Takeover of 'Lagging Schools' State education officials say 56 Minnesota elementary schools are performing below expectations on state tests and need to make improvements. The state's education commissioner says the list is the foundation on which she wants to build a statewide school-accountability system, which could ultimately include a state takeover of failing schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/20_pugmiret_schools/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Voters Give More Money to Schools Saint Paul public schools will gain an additional $105 million over the next five years. Voters in the state's second-largest school district approved their first-ever excess tax levy referendum by a margin of 57 to 43 percent. In Minneapolis, voters overwhelmingly renewed a school district levy for another 10 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200011/08_pugmiret_referenda/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Nov 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Catholic Revival It's been 30 years since a Catholic school opened in the Twin Cities. This year, four are opening. What's the reason for the popularity of parochial schools? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200009/04_pugmiret_schools/?refid=0 Mon, 04 Sep 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans Have Mixed Feelings About Education Minnesota voters say education is the most important issue facing the state, but they generally feel public schools are already on the right track. Results of a new Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and KARE-TV poll also show mixed feelings about statewide testing and graduation standards. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/28_pugmiret_edupoll/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Statewide Testing Delay Worries Some Administrators State education officials have delayed the scheduled launch of three new school tests by at least a year. The decision comes in the wake of a test-scoring fiasco that affected 47,000 Minnesota students. The Department of Children, Families and Learning says it needs more time to strengthen quality control for existing tests before adding more. But some educators are concerned about the delay's impact on some students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/24_pugmiret_tests/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 MnSCU Still Struggling A report from the Legislative Auditor's Office says the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is still struggling to succeed and needs better defined roles for its leaders. The evaluation of the five-year-old merger of three higher education systems comes as the system's board is searching for a new chancellor. Legislators say the report will likely generate a lot of discussion about higher education issues in next year's session. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/22_pugmiret_mnscu/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Failing the Students State education officials say a private company's mistakes have resulted in 47,000 inaccurate scores on the Basic Standards Test in mathematics. Thousands of Minnesota students who were told they failed actually passed, and some seniors were wrongly denied their diplomas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/28_pugmiret_tests/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Troubled Tots For the past ten years, a St. Paul social services agency has operated a preschool program for children traumatized by abuse or family instability. Agency officials say these economically deprived children are too troubled to enroll in Head Start or other programs. This early intervention effort tries to prevent later academic and social problems in school. And the demand is far greater than what the program can accommodate. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200007/26_pugmiret_tots/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jul 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Revised Profile Law Has School Officials Scrambling The bill allows educators to decide, on a school-by-school basis, whether to temporarily alter the number of state-required content standards in the show-what-you-know system. Education organizations have learned those votes are not optional and are now scrambling to make preparations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/31_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Wed, 31 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2000: A Better Profile? As Lawmakers ended the session by modifying the two-year-old system of demonstrated learning. Some educators are applauding the changes, while others say it's not enough to ease their frustrations or end the political uncertainty. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/18_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Thu, 18 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 In the Light of Day Legislative leaders' last-minute rush early Wednesday morning to craft a compromise on changes to the Profile of Learning graduations standards may have resulted in some unintended concessions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/11_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Thu, 11 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Session 2000: The Profile of Learning Agreement House and Senate leaders worked through the night trying to resolve their differences over the Profile of Learning and finally reached a deal less than an hour before their deadline to adjourn. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200005/10_pugmiret_edfunding/?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Basic Test Scores Improve in Minnesota Minnesota school districts continue to show gains on the state basic-standards tests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/26_pugmiret_standards/?refid=0 Wed, 26 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Lessons of School Violence Several Minnesota schools are marking this week's anniversary of the tragedy at Colorado's Columbine High School. Some local schools are taking extra steps this week to make their students feel safe and appreciated. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/20_pugmiret_columbine/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Profile of Learning May Be on Borrowed Time The Minnesota House Education Policy Committee has approved legislation to overhaul the Profile of Learning graduation standards. The measure retains, but siginificantly scales back the controversial show-what-you-know system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/10_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Poll: Rebate Takes Back Seat to Permanent Tax Cuts, More Spending Results of a new Minnesota Public Radio - Saint Paul Pioneer Press poll show strong support for using the state budget surplus to make permanent tax cuts. But many respondents also want the Legislature to use the excess cash for schools, roads and other projects. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/07_pugmiret_legislaturepoll/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Teachers Split Over Profile's Future A coalition of education groups is urging the Minnesota Legislature to stick with the Profile of Learning graduation standards. Representatives of the organizations testified before the House Education Policy Committee, offering ways to improve the show-what-you-know system. But some teachers and parents say they still want the whole system dumped. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/29_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 The Embattled Profile of Learning The House Education Policy Committee has begun working on legislation to alter the Profile of Learning graduation standards. Committee members heard presentations on ten separate Profile bills with plans to reduce them to one by the end of next week. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/24_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Writing Test: A Discouraging Word? Minnesota legislators are considering whether to ban state education officials from ever again using a contentious tenth-grade writing test question. Lawmakers who objected to the question, today backed away from their earlier proposal to throw out the test results. A House committee debated the issue but took no action. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/08_pugmiret_test/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Report Dispels Teacher Salary Myth A new report from the Legislative Auditor says while some Minnesota school districts are having budget problems, the overall financial health of schools is better than a decade ago. The study of school district finances also found that average teachers' salaries have declined in the last 10 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200002/02_pugmiret_teachers/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2000 12:00:00 -0600 A Measure of Success Saint Paul public school officials say recent test scores indicate their schools and students are moving in the right direction. District leaders released results from last fall's Metropolitan Achievement Tests, which show gains at nearly every grade level and in most schools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/05_pugmiret_testscores/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Ending Social Promotion Saint Paul School District officials say they want more public input on their plans to end the social promotion of students. School board members and administrators discussed the proposed promotion and retention policy, but a final vote won't come until early next year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/30_pugmiret_promotion/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 New Faces on School Boards 203 of the state's 344 public school districts held elections Tuesday for school board seats, bond issues or tax levies. Voters made changes to the school boards in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. And the state's third largest school district approved a huge bond issue for more school space. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199911/03_pugmiret_school/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis School Board Candidates Debate The November 2 election could result in a turnover of half of the Minneapolis school board. Four school board seats are up for grabs in the state's largest school district,and only one incumbent is seeking re-election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199910/20_pugmiret_school/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:00:00 -0500 See You at the Flagpole Students in Minnesota and throughout the nation gathered early this morning around the flagpoles at their schools to proclaim their religious faith. The student-led prayer service, known as "See You at the Pole," began in Texas in 1990 and has grown every year. Students say they feel a growing need these days to talk about God, even at school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/16_pugmiret_prayer/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Basic Basic Minneapolis schools place new emphasis on a basic skill for getting an education: showing up at school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/03_pugmiret_truancy/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Back to School '99 Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Pugmire looks at the issues facing Minnesota's schools and students as the new school year begins. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/30_pugmiret_safety/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 A Passing Grade Despite some criticism, University of Minnesota President Mark Yudof gets high marks for handling the academic fraud scandal from the people who matter most: his bosses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/29_pugmiret_yudof/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Haskins May Be Ousted Regents meet behind closed doors admid rumors they're talking about paying the coach to go away. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199906/10_pugmiret_haskins/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 1999 12:00:00 -0500 An End to "Animal House" Fraternities and sororities at the University of Minnesota try to end binge drinking as a major. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/28_pugmiret_frats/?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Arts High School Proves Perpich's Vision Perpich wanted the school to mirror New York's famous High School for the Performing Arts. Ten years later, it has. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/10_pugmiret_arts/?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 No Free Pass Schools rethink the concept of &quot;social promotion.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/30_pugmiret_promotion/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Accentuate the Positive Under previous administrations, the release of test scores was the inspiration for hand-wringing. The scores haven't changed much, but the reaction has. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/28_pugmiret_scores/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 No Telling Local students are as outraged as most people over the Colorado shootings, but many say they wouldn't tell anyone if they heard another student threatening to assault a school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/22_pugmiret_shooting/?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Condoms in the Schools Good protection or a license to say &quot;yes?&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/06_pugmiret_condoms/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Early Warning University was warned years ago that cheating was possible in athletic department. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/18_pugmiret_early/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Yudof Faces the Heat University president promises legislators he'll get to the root of the academic fraud scandal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/12_pugmiret_yudof/?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Students React Most say they have little sympathy for Gopher players. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/11_pugmiret_students/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Does Class Size Make a Difference? One school's experiment suggests it does, but does that apply to all schools? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/08_pugmiret_classsize/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Breakfast Boost Minnesota researchers prove link between breakfast and student performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199903/03_pugmiret_breakfast/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Who'll Educate the Doctors? Officials worry a funding crisis will hurt the availability of physicians in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/11_pugmiret_medschool/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 A Failing Grade Legislators ditch controversial &quot;Profile of Learning&quot;. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199902/10_pugmiret_profile/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Ventura Budget Challenges Educators His budget comes with a price: results. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/29_pugmiret_education/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Grad Students May Unionize Organizers are trying to form a union of grad students and research assistants at the University of Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199901/28_pugmiret_grad/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 1999 12:00:00 -0600 Catholic School Resurgence in the Twin Cities From suburbs to inner city, enrollments in parochial schools are going up - for a variety of reasons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199804/10_pugmiret_catholic/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Test Pressure While some question the value of standardized tests, most schools are seeking to improve performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199802/02_pugmiret_skills/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Learning with the Flow When they gather at the river, students learn more than just how to collect and analyze data. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199711/17_pugmiret_river/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 1997 12:00:00 -0600